Copyright in Florida

Are you a writer, an artist or a musician tied to your original work? Perhaps you should consider copyrighting your work in Florida in order to protect your creative endeavors. Learn more about how to claim your intellectual property below. 

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The Importance of Copyrighting in Florida

Claiming right over your intellectual property in Florida is critical to protecting its worth. This is particularly important for authors and musicians, whose writings, music and other works of art are valuable pieces of artistic expression.

Appyling for a Copyright 

In order to protect works of authorship, you must apply for a copyright in Florida. This differs from a patent, which is used to establish rights over an invention.

All Florida copyright issues are handled by the U.S. Copyright Office.

What's Protected by a Copyright?

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, "original works of authorship" are protected under U.S. copyright law. This gives the owner exclusive rights to:

  • Reproduce the work
  • Prepare derivative works based on the original
  • Distribute copies for sale
  • Perform the work publicly
  • Display the work publicly

Establishing a Copyright

One of the most common errors is confusing a copyright with a trademark or patent. To determine if a copyright is what you need and to read definitions of each type of intellectual property, click here.

For a list of forms, including the copyright application, click here.

Note: It can take several months for an examining attorney to approve your copyright.

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