Once you create an original work and you “fix” it in a "tangible medium," it automatically is copyrighted.
Copyright protection lasts for a very long time. The basic terms are:
Life of the creator PLUS 70 years
Corporations/Works for Hire:
95 years from publication OR 120 years from creation of the work, whichever is lesser.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
Copyright applies to nearly all intellectual and creative works, including, but not limited to: books, journals, magazines, photographs, art, music, sound recordings, computer programs, websites, movies, dance choreography, architecture, blog postings, images you post online and more.
Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following: