Copyright Laws Protecting Musical And Literary Intellectual Creations

901 WordsMay 18, 20164 Pages
In 2015, the United States Copyright Office approved almost 500,000 claims and processed over one million copyright petitions. Copyright law protects authors’ intellectual property rights. The United States legislature has considered intellectual property protection since the Constitution’s penning. As the publishing world changes so do the laws protecting published works. As copyright law changes with time it grows more complex. Consequently, copyright litigation takes place frequently in the United States. Copyright Protection in the United States Intellectual property is a work that an individual or entity creates. This property may include things such as books, music or ideas. Copyright laws protect musical and literary intellectual creations. This applies whether the authors created the pieces for personal, artistic or business applications. Copyright law assigns ownership to a work, which the owner can then license other individuals or entities to use. Intellectual property owners can also decide how others can use their works. An author can choose to allow licensees to; alter and republish the work; only republish the work as it is; or completely sell all rights to a work - in which case the buyer is now has all rights to exploit the work as they please. How Copyright Law Has Evolved Copyright law has its origins in the United States Constitution. To foster socioeconomic advancement in America, the Founding Fathers penned a clause in Article I, Section 8 of the
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