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Copyright for Compilations and Collections

Authors are generally well attuned to copyright for their separately standing works and the consequences of failing to register, but less so when it comes to shorter works accepted for publication in compilations such as collections and anthologies. Section 103 (a) of the Copyright Act states that “[t]he subject matter of copyright … includes compilations.” […]

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Multiple Registrations of Copyright (Q & A)

I wrote a paper that I registered for copyright a few years ago.  It was not published.  I am now completing a book length work that incorporates the unpublished paper.  Can I register the new work separately? Section 408(e) of the Copyright Law states that “Registration for the first published edition of a work previously […]

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Copyright Protection Extends to Expressive Material

Co-author Gerald M. Levine Copyright protection extends to expressive material. Strings of effectively arranged letters, words, phrases, clauses, sentences and paragraphs are the essence of expression. They are owned by the author who creates them and protected by copyright law, although infringements are not actionable unless the work is registered with the Copyright Office. If […]

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