Your Copyrights!

This is what we consider to be an example of a simple required resources that all artists who have at their fingertips:

Copyright Forms

Your Copyrights

Copyright Notification Symble

Like Trademarks, your Copyrights and Publishing Assets are extremely important Real-world (Intellectual) Property concerns which you or anyone for that matter who is interested in making something or anything more than simply a hobby of their artistic efforts and endeavors should understand a bit about to some degree beyond that of merely the basics.

In this example we’re going to use the United States’ Library of Congress’ Trademark Registration Depository, a “governmental” vehicle and resource for securing a Record of your works date of  Creation and Title of Ownership(s).  Unlike Trademarks which are  bestowed, Copyrights are not!  They (YOUR “Copyrights“) are your’s from the very moment they are affixed to any medium.   An example would be, let say…. just to “illustrate” and drive home the concept, your out one day setting on the side of a hill enjoying the beauty of a gorgeous spring afternoon when an idea comes to your mind’s eye.     A perfect idea for your music company’s New Logo emerges from your imagination.  You have a Sharpie magic marker to jot-down your idea before it fades back into that place within the either from where all great ideas emerge; however unfortunately, you have no paper.    So, after a few moments of patting your pockets vigorously in search for a scrap of something to jot your idea upon, you spot just within your periphery vision down in the pasture below a group of cows with one in particular sitting off to the side asleep beneath the shade beneath an old oak tree which just so happens to have a large blotch of white on her side perfect for rendering out your idea before it fades from mind.  Rushing down the hill (slipping a few times on the way down of course) you slide yourself ever-so quietly through the wooden fence, tip-toe up to Betsy and begin to quickly scribble out your idea before she awakens.      Even before she awakens your copyright has been established simply from the act of affixing (drawing) your idea (creation/intellectual property) on her side (the medium).  So, from that very moment, the simple act of you creating your logo idea (which you have thought/brought into existence/being and than into physical fruition by affixing it with your marker) on the side of the cow, it is automatically your Copyrighted proper!  The art, not the cow (-:  Affixing any idea to any medium brings a copyright into existence.   No matter the idea ( a song, a painting, a poem, or dance or acting performance or portrait on film or video) what ever it may be, one you have placed it (your idea/Intellectual Property) on ( or affixed) to any medium (paper, canvas, plank of wood, (analog or digital) recording medium, CD, DVD, film, video or any possible physical and tangible item), your copyright(s) and ownership to same exists from that very moment!

MOO FACENow of course you can’t simply take the farmer’s cow in order to register it as proof that you created the work or obtain a Dated and Registered Proof of Ownership Certificate, and even if you paid for the cow, the Registry Office may have a problem with you trying to file the cow.  So, you make a creative compromise of photographing the your work for filing.  The act of you creating the photograph establishes another copyright for the Photo of your Drawing both of which can receive a Certificate (or receipt of filing) which may be used in court or before a tribunal should a dispute ever arise as to who drew on the side of the cow or first came up with the original Logo idea.  The copyright and ownership is yours automatically!  The Registration is simply a Certificate of Proof of Ownership.  Which can be sold or leased to anyone you wish for any amount you wish under any terns you so desire.  Because it is YOUR  Asset YOUR Product, YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY! 

 

There Are Various Ways To Register Your Works

In addition to the Copyright Office’s electronic filing systems, copyright applications can also still be filed by mail.  When filing electronically one of the most important things to remember is to make sure you use the proper filing formats as indicated below.  Because some of the following links have been designed and structured to take you to further resources which may be away from DigiPraise, be sure to BOOK MARK DigiPraise.net to avoid difficulty in finding your way back to DigiPraise.net

U.S. Copyright Office Forms

Primary Registration Method

Registration with Electronic Copyright Office (eCO)

To file a claim to copyright in your work, it is recommend you use the Copyright Office online system.

Before using the service, we recommend you first read eCO Acceptable File TypeseCO TipseCO FAQs, oreCO Tutorial (PowerPoint) eCO Tutorial (PDF).

Advantages include:

  • Lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim (for online filings only)
  • Fastest processing time
  • Online status tracking
  • Secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office deposit account
  • The ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files

Processing TimeThe time the Copyright Office requires to process an application varies, depending on the number of applications the Office is receiving and clearing at the time of submission and the extent of questions associated with the application. Visit The LOC For Current Processing Times.

Login to eCO: eCO

Alternate Registration Methods

1) Registration with Paper Forms

The fees for a basic registration using one of these forms is $65 payable by check or money order. Form CON (continuation sheet for applications) is also still available in paper. Paper forms are also available by postal mail upon request mail.

Literary

Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Sound Recordings

Single Serials


2) Registration with Fill-In Form CO

Form CO, which replaces Forms TX, VA, PA, SE, and SR. Simply complete Form CO on your personal computer, print it out, and mail it along with a check or money order and a copy(ies) or your work. The fee for a basic registration on Form CO is $50.
Note: Form CO cannot be used for group registrations. Visit the LOC for more info regarding group registration forms.

Copyright Office application forms are available in PDF format and must be viewed with version 8 or higher of the freeAdobe Acrobat Reader program.

# Form CO
# Form CO Instructions
# Form CO FAQ

Important Note: Please inspect your printed form to confirm that 2-D barcodes like the one below appear on each page. The barcodes must appear clearly and be free of any distortions, smudges, or fading. If such problems appear and cannot be corrected after checking your printer, do not submit the form.

For more information visit The Library of Congress on the web.

 

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