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When Can You Copyright a Work?

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Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.  

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  • Copyright , Video
  • Jun 24, 2015

What May Be Copyrighted?

There are two underlying requirements for a work to be protected by United States copyright law. The work must be (1) Original, and it must be (2) Fixed.

Fixation has its own three requirements. First, the work must be embodied in a copy or phonorecord. An example of this would be a printed photograph or a digital record of a song. Second, a work must be fixed by the authority of the author (e.g., actually snapping the photograph). Finally, the work must be permanently fixed for a long enough duration to be perceived…

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  • Copyright , Copyright Infringement
  • Jun 17, 2015

When Did Copyright Come to the US?

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Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.  

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  • Copyright , Video
  • Jun 10, 2015

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