At the Copyright Alliance, we regularly receive questions from artists and creators regarding copyright issues. Because there are numerous resources available to help answer those questions, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions guide incorporating resources from the U.S. Copyright Office, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and also from the Alliance’s membership to help navigate the many copyright issues people may encounter on a day-to-day basis.
The Copyright Office’s website is an incredibly useful resource for finding answers to a variety of basic questions relating to copyright, including copyright definitions, registration information, and protection issues. A few of the basic questions that the Copyright Office offers introductory answers to include:
• What is copyright?
• What does copyright protect?
• How is copyright different from a patent or trademark?
• How do I register my copyright?
• Do I have to register with the U.S. Copyright Office to be protected?
The answers to these questions, along with the answers to hundreds of other basic copyright questions, can be found below and on the Copyright Office’s FAQ page by clicking here.
The Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) is also a very useful resource for basic copyright inquiries, including those related to small businesses such as:
The PTO’s website answers these questions and also provides other resources relating to Fair Use and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which can be found below and by clicking here.
Below you can also find answers to Copyright Alliance's Frequently Asked Questions: