THE IP LAW FIRM MODEL
Protecting your creativity.
A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form. Registration of your work with the U.S. Copyright office is not required to obtain basic protection.
Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law.
A portion of the above information was first published by the U.S. Copyright Office: http://copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#automatic.