Essentially any work which can be said to have an author is protected by copyright. This includes written materials, such as books and articles, and visual materials, such as drawings and designs. Copyrights arise automatically when a work is created, but marking and registration of the work may help with enforcing the author’s rights. For works distributed digitally, the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act provide certain procedures for protecting and enforcing copyrights. The copyrights on works created for an employer generally belong to the employer. This can create confusion about ownership in situations where it is unclear whether the person creating the work was an employee or an independent contractor.

Gertz Legal, PS can help you understand how to manage the copyrights you own and how to create contracts that ensure copyrights belong to the correct party.