Copyrights include and protect ‘original works of authorship’, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works, and is available to both published and unpublished works.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides Congress the power to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” This clause is the source of both the patent and the copyright grant (the trademark power originally denied in 1879 under this clause – see, In re Trademark Cases – but eventually established under the Commerce Clause). What is oft confused and somehow illogical today, is that, followed as written (and correctly), the Progress of Science corresponds to Authors and their writings while the useful Arts corresponds to Inventors and their discoveries.
Copyright includes and protects ‘original works of authorship’ including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works and is available to both published and unpublished works. Copyright law defers to patents and other areas of law as it does not protect ideas, process and procedures, but only the expression of those ideas.
Copyright grants the author the exclusive right (separately licensable) to: copy, prepare derivative works, distribute, publicly perform, and/or publicly display his or her work. I can provide comprehensive copyright services, including registration, renewal, assignment, and enforcement of your copyright, in addition to explaining the scope of protection that your copyright secures.