What You Need to Know About Copyright Registration And Infringement

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While no application or registration of a work is required, when you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, protection for your work can be enforced in a U.S. court. The copyright registration process is fairly simple. The Essex County, New Jersey intellectual property lawyer at the Ingber Law Firm can explain the registration process and answer all your questions about copyright in NJ and NY.

What are some of the benefits of getting a copyright for my work?

Copyrighting original works imparts several advantages to the owner including:

  • Recognized ownership of the copyrighted materials
  • Control of how material is reproduced
  • The right to keep works from being used without permission
  • The ability to sue for damages for copyright infringement in civil court
  • The right to sell, license, or transfer control of copyrighted materials

What is copyright infringement?

NJ and NY copyright violation/infringement Infringement of a copyright consists of:

  • Unauthorized reproduction
  • Distribution
  • Adaptation
  • Public performance
  • Public display

The owner of the copyright can sue violators for money damages. Federal law also provides criminal penalties for selling copyrighted material. Contact the Ingber Law Firm, an experienced NJ and NY copyright law firm, to discuss infringement, or to resolve any copyright violation of federal copyright laws. While there is a limited right called fair use allowing unauthorized use of portions of the copyrighted work for specific purposes, this is a narrow exception. Fair use is important for educational study, scholarship, commentary, and criticism of copyrighted works.

Copyright Infringement? Call a NJ and NY Copyright Attorney

It is illegal for anyone to violate the rights provided to the owner of the copyright under copyright laws. You may protect a copyright against unauthorized use by filing a civil lawsuit in federal district court. If you believe that your copyright has been infringed, consult an experienced NJ and NY copyright attorney about violation of federal copyright law. If the infringement was willful, the U.S. attorney may initiate a criminal investigation.

Copyright protection

Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form. The work can be perceptible either directly or with the aid of a device or a machine. Your work will be protected for a limited time as specified by statute. For example, if you create a work today, it will be automatically protected from the moment of its creation through your life, plus an additional 70 years after your death.


Whether you’re looking to register a copyright or trademark, are facing a dispute, or otherwise require the assistance of an experienced New Jersey intellectual property lawyer, you’re in the right place. Contact Ingber Law Firm today to schedule your initial consultation with our skilled and dedicated legal team.