Copyright laws were instituted to provide the author with exclusive rights to protect their work and promote creativity and learning. Eight categories of works are copyrightable: * Literary, musical, and dramatic works * Pantomimes and choreographic works * Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works * Sound recordings * Motion pictures and other audio visual works * Computer programs * Compilations of works and derivative works * Architectural works. A work is automatically under copyright protection from the moment of the work’s creation. However, to legally file a lawsuit for copyright infringement, the copyright must be registered with the copyright office. By registering the copyright, the author provides public notification of the copyright and allows the author to seek damages and attorney fees if the copyright is infringed. If you are interested in registering the copyright of your work, contact our office at 402.476.2200.