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HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer

Friday, April 25, 2014



How To Copyright Work
Copyright

Copyright is a facet of “Intellectual Property” and is a bundle of rights and protections involving many facets of literature, music, film, art and architecture. These rights and protections allow a work’s maker/owner to authorize or prohibit such actions as: broadcast, translation, adaptation, reproduction, performance/communication, claims of authorship or changes to the work.

Copyright in the U. S. occurs automatically and without notice as soon as a work is “fixed in a tangible medium of expression,” whether or not human senses can readily detect it. However, registration of a copyright is the basis for greater remedies, including legal action, to protect a work. The U. S. Copyright Office provides methods of registering online or via paper forms.

Online registration is accomplished through an eCO account here: https://eco.copyright.gov/eService_enu/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eco.copyright.gov

Paper filing for: Literary Work via Form TX here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formtx.pdf/

Visual Arts require Form VA here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formva.pdf

Performing Arts require Form PA here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formpa.pdf

Sound Recordings require Form SR here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formsr.pdf

Single Serial of work intended to be submitted in successive parts requires form SE here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formsr.pdf

The fee schedule for online and paper registrations is revised effective May 1, 2014 and is found here http://www.copyright.gov/fls/sl04_2014.pdf

DO’S AND DON’TS

Do register online here: https://eco.copyright.gov/eService_enu/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eco.copyright.gov

DO register by paper filing with forms for:
a. Literary Work here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formtx.pdf/
b. Visual Arts here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formva.pdf
c. Performing Arts here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formpa.pdf
d. Sound Recordings here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formsr.pdf
e. Single Serial here: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formsr.pdf

DO use the fee schedule effective May 1, 2014 here: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/sl04_2014.pdf

By Kathy Catanzarite


Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Handelonthelaw.com Staff Writer

Note from HandelontheLaw.com: This article is to be used as an educational guide only and should not be interpreted as a legal consultation. Readers of this article are advised to seek an attorney if a legal consultation is needed. Laws may vary by state and are subject to change, thus the accuracy of this information can not be guaranteed. Readers act on this information solely at their own risk. Neither the author, handelonthelaw.com, or any of its affiliates shall have any liability stemming from this article.





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