Copyright is another essential form of intellectual property protection that is governed by federal law and by foreign treaties and agreements, such as the Universal Copyright Convention.
This protection extends to the authors of literary, musical, dramatic, audiovisual, pictorial, sculptural, architectural, and other artistic and intellectual works in all types of media. In addition, this protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
Certain computer software programs are also entitled to copyright protection. The owner of a writing, musical composition, a type of software or piece of art maintains the exclusive right to print, sell, copy, license, and distribute and that work. Copyright protects the integrity of that work by allowing one to direct the manner in which it is used.
DeLio, Peterson & Curcio has 50 years of experience protecting such work through the crafting of employment and consulting agreements, the preparation of copyright registrations, the development of licensing agreements, and in defending and enforcing the rights of copyright owners .