What is a Copyright, and What Protections Does it Give You? Written By Sandra McCarthy Founder, A People’s Choice Fact Checked Did you know that the book 50 Shades of Grey started out as a fan-fiction about the characters from the Twilight series? If you have read books from both series, you probably noticed that they have little in common. That is because of copyright. Because of these protections, only Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight, has the right to publish writings about the Twilight characters commercially. To publish the 50 Shades books, instead of, for example, just displaying the stories on a free website, EL James had to make them sufficiently different from the copyrighted material that had inspired her, including changing the characters’ names and identifying characteristics. In other words, copyright is the right not to have others copy your creative works without your permission. So, what is a copyright? If you want to protect a creative work you have made, have a California registered legal document assistant prepare your copyright application for you. What our Clients Say... “A People’s Choice is awesome! They made the legal documentation process painless. I highly recommend A People’s Choice. The name says it all.” Eric J. “Very professional, excellent follow up and easy to work with. I will recommend them often! The staff rocks!” Gene A. “A People’s Choice is extremely customer orientated and friendly. Their service was fast and reliable. in the future, should I need their services again, I will not hesitate to call them. All e-mails were answered with either a phone call or e-mail sometimes even late at night” Tar “How much is peace of mind worth to you? This company of hardworking, caring individuals will help you get the job done in the quickest, most efficient way. Conveniently located. Check it out. Thank you!” Diana K. “I have worked with A People’s Choice since September 2013. They are very knowledgeable and experienced. Their work is done professionally and timely. They showed a real concern for my situation. I recommend you give them the opportunity.” D. Echeverra “A People’s Choice is a business that delivers what they promise. I was treated like a VIP by their staff and Sandy was the best. As for their services, they promptly delivered all of the official documents and fillings on my behalf and their price is more than reasonable. Juan B. “Made the process so easy for me. Also VERY prompt replies through email. So glad I used their services.” Kristina C. “I had the opportunity to use A People’s Choice again, Wow doesn’t say enough for the way the staff was able to get me in and out and all my answers answered. Very Professional, Organized and Friendly. I highly recommend!” Debbie E. “The service provided by A People’s Choice was very professional and comprehensive. We have used A People’s Choice on a previous occasion and were completely satisfied. We would highly recommend A People’s Choice to anyone!” R. Betancourt “I am glad I chose A People’s Choice. They were very friendly and helped me with my documents in a very efficient way in very little time. Give them a try and you will be writing a positive review just as I did.” D. Buelna “This team is efficient, professional, ethical and easy to work with. Any of my questions were responded to immediately. They did everything they could to help me. I highly recommend their services.” Leigh A. “I was very happy with the service received. They were extremely responsive by phone and email and completed the document in less than 24 hours! All questions were answered promptly. I would highly recommend this service to anyone needing a legal document prepared!” M.D. “A People’s Choice is a great option to get legal documents prepared inexpensively. They offer a very professional, low cost service for all sorts of legal paperwork. You won’t be disappointed and will save lots of money as compared to using an expensive attorney!” Kathryn R. “I can’t say enough about the level of service and professionalism I received working with A People’s Choice. Emails were always responded to quickly and thoughtfully. I ended up saving a lot of money by going with A People’s Choice over an attorney.” M. Rice “Lightning fast response, I had my very simple document on the same day as my order for the very fair and reasonable price compared to my attorney who quoted me 3 weeks and $2500. I will definitely use these folks again and highly recommend them!” L. Carnes “A People’s Choice – Saved me time, money & hardship. The people are professional and a pleasure to work with, I totally recommend them to everyone! I will used them for all my legal documents in the future. Thank you!” C. Lazalde “I was in need of some serious help and didn’t know what to do. I had contacted a lawyer and he wanted to charge me $1800.00. A People’s Choice got my paper work started and at a much lower cost. I am very grateful for the company’s services. April R. “I highly recommend A People’s Choice. The customer service and professionalism are exceptional. This service is only a fraction of the cost, more responsive, and better suited to quickly completing complicated court forms. “ Linda F. “This company is excellent! They helped me get through all of my paperwork, submitted it to the court, and now everything is complete. Everything was clear and almost too easy. I saved thousands of dollars!” Seth M. “A People’s Choice prepares legal documents so you can represent yourself and still look like you know what you’re doing. I utilized their services recently and found them to be professional as well as extremely helpful. I couldn’t be happier.” Evan J. “I needed help understanding and filling out legal documents but I didn’t have enough money to pay for an attorney. I would highly recommend A People’s Choice for your legal documents as you will get outstanding service at an affordable price. “ Sharon B. “Extremely satisfied with the performance of A People’s Choice. The communication was excellent and all was handled in a timely efficient manner.” Pam T.“I Recently used A PEOPLE’S CHOICE !!!! This service is absolutely AMAZING !!!! At first I was so confused , but after their process was explained to me , everything worked exactly the way they Said it would & they are there to help with the process. every step of the way , as promised. I would recommend this service 100% based on them being so efficient, professional, and always available to address any concerns that you may have . I appreciate the work that they did for me . THANKS !!!!“R. Ivey “We love A People’s Choice. It’s legally run and professional. Everyone has to have a recommendation and license. Highly recommended.” Christy C. “My wife and I needed to have some papers filed in court but found that traditional lawyers were quite expensive. They did a very professional job completing our paperwork and I might say, at a very reasonable price.” D. Hileman “I recently required the help of A People’s Choice, Inc. and found them to be entirely professional. Everything was done in short order yet all was explained to my satisfaction. They were friendly and courteous. I am happy and impressed.” C. Zyobel “Great service. Highly professional and efficient creating legal documents. I am completely satisfied and highly recommend them to others. People who are looking for professional legal services look no further, try A People’s Choice.” Radtech N. Get help filing a Copyright! START MY COPYRIGHT…or continue reading the article below to learn more about what is a copyright, and what protections it gives you. Copyright is Not Forever: Romeo and Juliet are Fair Game, but Harry Potter is Not Since 1978, U.S. laws have held that, when you register the copyright to your work, the protection lasts for the rest of the author’s lifetime, plus 70 more years. This explains why the works of 19th century authors are in the public domain, and people freely adapt their works. When Seth Grahame-Smith wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, copyright laws did not stop him from adapting the works of Jane Austen, who died in 1817. Likewise, the Alan Parsons’ Project did not have to get permission from Edgar Allan Poe’s estate to record songs based on his stories for their album Tales of Mystery and Imagination in the 1970s, since Poe died in 1849. What are the Benefits of Copyright? When you own the copyright to a creative work, you are the only person who has the right to do the following with it: Make derivative works, such as sequels and prequels Adapt the work into another format Reproduce or distribute the work Translate the work into another language Claim that you created the work You also have the right to object, in the form of a lawsuit, to other people using the work in ways that damage your reputation. U.S. law recognizes you as the author of a written work as soon as you write it, but registering a copyright makes your claim public and includes public notice of when you created the work. A Professionally Prepared Copyright Application Will Help Protect Your Creative Works If you are involved in a copyright infringement lawsuit, you need a lawyer, but if you are just trying to copyright a new creative work, hiring a lawyer is a waste of money. Contact A People’s Choice to have a California non-attorney legal document assistant prepare legal documents, including copyright applications. Call A People’s Choice today at 800-747-2780. Get help with your Legal documents today! A People’s Choice can save you hundreds of dollars by preparing your legal documents instead of an expensive attorney! CONTACT US!Was this article helpful? We would love to know your thoughts! If you found this article helpful, please check the LIKE button below. Your feedback helps us plan topics for future articles. By Sandra McCarthy|2022-01-22T09:38:38-08:00May 25th, 2020|California Legal Documents|Comments Off on What is a Copyright, and What Protections Does it Give You?