Can foreigners get a US copyright?
Can foreigners register their works in the United States?
Yes! Any work that is protected by U.S. copyright law can be registered.
This includes many works of foreign origin. All works that are unpublished, regardless of the nationality of the author, are protected in the United States. Works that are first published in the United States or in a country with which the USA has a copyright treaty or that are created by a citizen or domiciliary of a country with the USA has a copyright treaty are also protected and may therefore be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.
See Circular 38a, International Copyright Relations of the United States, for the status of specific countries.
How long do copyrights last in other countries?
Each country in the world has its own copyright law and copyright terms vary widely depending upon the country and depending upon the type of intellectual property copyrighted. To see a full listing of all the nations in the world and the length of copyright protection from each of them, click here.
Where is The Easiest Place for a DIY Copryight?
The USA has the simplest and lowest cost copyrighting system if you intend to do it yourself. You can get all of the forms you need here.
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