Federal law affords copyright protection to original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, including literary works, musical works, pantomimes and choreographic works, motion picture and audiovisual works, sound records, and architectural works. Unlike laws of past centuries, modern copyright springs into existence when the work is "fixed," even without registration or notification -- though registering your work is still highly recommended in order to defend your rights.
The age of digital reproduction and distribution has put pressure on the copyright regime, but it is still in place, and no one up or down the stream, from the artist to the consumer is outside its law.
Here in Hollywood we are most familiar with movies, and the books and scripts from which they are derived, but almost anything with sufficient original creative authorship may come under the Copyright Act. Whether you are trying to protect your work, use or build a derivative work, defend against imitators or pirates, or simply making a deal for the transfer of a copyright, I can help you understand your rights and obligations.