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Why is a copyright important?

As a business owner in California with your own products, processes, and creative properties, you likely want some form of protection to ensure that your ideas don't fall into the wrong hands. Making use of copyrights may come to mind. But just how much do you know about copyrighting?

According to Merriam-Webster, a copyright protects works of authorship that have a tangible format. This differs from trademarks or patents, which are usually used to protect ideas, business strategies, ways of running your company, and other things that don't necessarily have a tangible form. Things that can be copyrighted include music, books, and movies.

So why should you copyright your work? There are many different possible reasons. The first is that it makes it illegal for someone to infringe on your copyright. This means that if someone were to copy your song and claim it as their own, you have the legal ability to defend your song and prove that it belongs to you.

One thing to keep in mind is that having your creations copyrighted doesn't necessarily mean there is no work involved in protecting your intellectual property. Even if you hold a copyright, you will still be responsible for taking offenders to court yourself.

If you believe that copyrighting your project is the best route to go, consider seeking the advice of a skilled copyright attorney. Not only can they help get you started, but you can also build a rapport with them that allows you to have access to a valuable tool should you ever need to go to court to protect it.

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