Understanding Copyright Protection
Intellectual property law grants legal rights for producers of creative works. There are four types of legal protection for creative inventions. Trade secret laws protect information. Trademark laws protect brands. Patent laws protect the functional aspects or ornamental features of a product or design, depending on the classification of the patent. Copyright laws protect fixed and tangible works of authorship, including design.
Copyright protection is relatively easy to attain. One can register and include a symbol in the work. However, copyright registration or the use of the symbol is not required for ownership protection. It is more of a formal gesture to perform these actions in current times. The creation of a tangible product grants immediate legal rights to the producer.