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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Securing Copyright Protection

Volume 4 . Chapter 9 . § 9-05.01
Key point 9-05.01. Authors and composers receive initial copyright protection as soon as they create an original work in a tangible form.

1. Initial Copyright Protection

The objective of copyright law is to promote the progress of the useful arts by granting authors certain exclusive rights in their works. Under the Copyright Act of 1976, authors and composers receive initial copyright protection as soon as they create an original work of authorship that is "fixed" in a "tangible medium of expression."97 There are then three prerequisites to initial copyright protection in a work: (1) the work must be original, (2) it must be a work of authorship, and (3) it must be fixed in a tangible medium of expression.

A work is original if an author created ...

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