United States copyright laws date back to the Copyright Clause of the U.S. Constitution. U.S. copyright laws are now codified in Title 17 of the United States Code, and protect the expression of ideas in various “original works” of authorship, both published and unpublished.
Copyright law encourages the creation of art and cultural expression by rewarding authors and artists with a set of enforceable rights. These rights include the exclusive right to make and sell copies of their works, the right to create derivative works, and the right to perform or display their works publicly. These exclusive rights are subject to a time limit, and generally expire 70 years after the author’s death.
Although copyright awareness, and litigation, have become more popularized through Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) enforcement, Koppel IP attorneys have filed, licensed, and protected copyrights for many intellectual works, including literary works, musical works, architectural works, compilations, art and photography, and others.