To demonstrate how important copyright law is, consider that copyright law was originally established in the United States under Article 1 Section 8 Clause 8 of the US Constitution. The Copyright Act of 1976, and some additional amendments govern issues concerning copyright law in the United States today. Pursuant to the Copyright Act, copyright protection is applicable to “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression.”
The following categories qualify as works of authorship: (1) literary works; (2) musical works; (3) dramatic works; (4) choreography and pantomimes; (5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; (6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works; (7) sound recordings; and (8) architectural works.
Until a work is registered with the US Copyright Office, federal courts cannot hear claims for copyright infringement. Registration is a vital step to protect an Artist's work. A reliable and diligent attorney can help with this registration process and secure an Artists rights in their expression.