What is copyright registration? Its more involved than just having a piece of material.
To start off, you need to know what a copyright is!
What is a copyright?
A copyright is: “A form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for “original works of authorship”, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. “Copyright” literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, title, principle, or discovery. Similarly, names, titles, short phrases, slogans, familiar symbols, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, coloring, and listings of contents or ingredients are not subject to
As you can see, the work as to be ORIGINAL. Also, to add, it has to be put in a form, essentially that means it can’t be just an idea.
What is copyright registration?
Since a work has a copyright as soon as it is created, then what does registration mean?
Well, a copyright registration means that you actually register your work with the United States Copyright Office. Its the actual registration of the work, not just the creation.
What does copyright registration provide?
- It provides the public with notice that your work is actually protected.
- You get to file your Copyright Infringement Law Suit (New case law says that you may can start the suit, but may still lose). Per statute and case law, if someone infringes upon your copyright, your remedies are limited unless you are registered.
- If you register your work before or within 5 years of publication, you have created a Prima faciae evidence (thought of as true, until proved otherwise) that someone has infringed upon your copyright.
- If filed 3 months before infringement, you can ask for money.
How to register a copyright?
I am going to give you some tools to help you register, but you should always seek a qualified person, like an attorney, if you don’t know what you are doing.
- Start Here This is the portal to begin your Copyright registration!
- Click on the proper “work” that you want to copyright.
- You will need to sign up!
- The Copyright Office gives you a sample application so you know what you are doing. I have attached HERE! (This is from the Copyright Office, I did not write this).
- Get to Work!
Registering your hard work has its benefits, especially on the internet! So take advantage of registering when you think someone might take advantage of you!
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