The author of an original work, as you would expect, has complete rights to his/her work. This right is known as a copyright and its owner has exclusive rights to copy or reproduce the work or grant permission to another to do so. A copyright applies to books, manuscripts, music, photographs, movies and even software. Basically, any original audio, visual and textual content is granted a copyright the moment it is created.
Why Register a Copyright?
As you may notice, a copyright is conferred upon its author the moment the work is created. Then why go through the trouble of a copyright registration at all? But it does make sense to do so. The main reason for this is that the courts will not accept any suit of copyright infringement if a copyright is not registered. This means that, in case your brand or content is copied, you have no legal recourse unless you have registered the copyright. Therefore, businesses and commercial artists find it beneficial to register a copyright.