Starting today I’m going to place on my blog a helpful resource for my followers. I will call this blog entry “Resource Monday”. Always expect to get a good reviews and helpful tips each Monday!
Today’s resource is copyright.gov
In this website you will discover everything you need to know about copyright law. All the information you will ever need to know is right here at your finger tips. I especially recommend the FAQ section.
A common misconception is that once you’ve written something is that its not copyrighted. That is actually incorrect. per the site. “Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. “
What your really seeking is to have your work registered as copyrighted.
Here are two questions people typically have about registering a copyright.
Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration.”
Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?
Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration” and Circular 38b, Highlights of Copyright Amendments Contained in the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), on non-U.S. works.
So enjoy, and let me know if this was helpful to you!