Copyright Strategies. Copyright laws protect works of authorship. These include literary works (including computer software), musical works, audiovisual works, and architectural works. Under U.S. law, a new work of art is protected automatically the moment it is created. But to assert a U.S. copyright against another party in a litigation, a copyright must first be registered. To register a copyright, an application must be filed and specific elements of the copyrighted work must be included. For technical works of art, such as computer software, this process can be complex. Our Intellectual Property and Technology Law attorneys know how to identify and register specific elements of your works so you will have the evidence you need to prove infringement in the future.