Secure and Prove Copyright
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Use No. 7: Copyright Protection
Copyright applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works provided the conditions set out in the Copyright Act have been met (that is, the work is original and fixed to a material form). This covers a wide range of creations, including books, motion picture films (i.e., cinematographic works), plays, paintings, drawings, and musical compositions. Copyright is the exclusive legal right to produce, reproduce, publish, or perform an original literary, artistic, dramatic, or musical work.
If you create original works. Copyright protection extends to all original works of authorship that show some creativity as soon as they are fixed in a tangible form. It's not necessary to register a work with the US or Canadian Copyright Offices for it to be protected, but registration can be useful because it provides evidence of the copyright claim and allows the copyright holder to seek statutory damages, attorney's fees, and court costs in the event of an infringement.
Copyright holders have the exclusive right to make copies, distribute, perform, or display their work and create derivative works based on it. If someone else exercises one of these rights without permission, the copyright holder may be able to sue for copyright infringement, which can result in damages, injunctions, legal fees, and even imprisonment.
To prove copyright infringement, the copyright holder must show that they have a valid copyright and that the accused party used their work illegally. To prove a valid copyright, the copyright holder can present a certificate or other evidence of when and where the work was created. Use ProofKeep to capture evidence of when and where your Performance took place.
To prove unauthorized use, the copyright holder must show that the accused party had access to the work and that the two works are substantially similar. If the copyright holder can't prove access, the accused party can claim they created their work independently. However, if the original work is widely known, it may be difficult for the accused party to successfully claim independent creation. The principle of fair use is a common defense against copyright infringement. To claim fair use, the accused party must typically show that they used the work for noncommercial or educational purposes, that the work is suitable for such use, that they didn't use the whole work, and that their use didn't harm the market for the original work.
Use ProofKeep to help mitigate or eliminate time-consuming, and costly disputes.