What is Copyright?
The purpose of copyright registration is to place record, a verifiable account of the date and content of the work in question. This ensures protection in case of infringement or plagiarism and the owner can produce a copy of the work from an official government source. Registering for copyright is the best decision once you feel there is something you need to claim such as photography, motion pictures, literary works, visual and performing arts, etc. Registering is a much safer route to take than many legal cases in the future.
How to register
Registering for copyright is quite simple, you must file an application and deposit one or two samples of work that is yours to claim. There are two ways to file an application:
- Can file using the online eCO system which is $45 to $65 per application
- Can file through the paper form using the copyright website this process will be about $125 per application
Another source that can be used as copyright is research. Scientists and researchers put their years of hard work into one paper and then are victim to plagiarism. Research is quite significant to register for copyright. Some people assume that their product or media isn’t as “big” or qualified to be copyrighted but if it’s your property and you believe people can steal it in the future then registering is the best path to take.
A copyright certification will be given to you post-registration and it is basically shown as proof to future resources or legal cases that this was your property, to begin with. Once your request has been received, your copyright registration is complete and you do not need to wait for the certificate.
Copyright infringement or piracy is considered a felony and should be taken seriously. If you have been a victim to infringement we are here to help! You can either contact the person involved directly, consider mediation, or of course seek legal advice. If you decide to hold a legal case, having a copyright certification makes it easier to win the case and also recognize that you took all the precautions needed to secure your source.
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Discussing a settlement is also another route to go about after you have been victim to copyright infringement and more information on negotiation settlements can be found here: http://www.mughallawfirm.com/civil-law-attorney/settlement-negotiation/