Copyright law is useful for protecting original artwork, writings, computer programs, music compositions, and so forth. Early registration of the copyright in your work gives you advantages, especially in terms of the damages and attorneys fees you can collect from infringers.

If you are hiring an independent contractor to do work for you, such as to write a computer program, it is very important that you obtain a written assignment of the copyright for the work. Otherwise, you may not have the right to sell copies or make revisions to the work. You can obtain the forms to register your copyright through the Copyright Office.

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