Copyright Info, Trademarking, and Laws
When a document is recorded, the Copyright Office maintains a true and accurate copy of it that can be accepted by a court of law as authentic evidence of the original.
Note: H.R. 5728, the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 ( P.L. 113-200) signed into law December 4, 2014, amended title 17. These changes are not yet reflected in the text below.
Copyright Office regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.