Website content, blog articles, books, articles, essays and a variety of original written works have copyright protection the moment they are created and put in a form that is perceivable directly or with the aid of a machine or device. However, comprehensive copyright protection will require registration. Don’t believe the rumors of a ‘poor man’s copyright’ – mailing yourself a letter containing your ‘copyrighted’ work will not protect your work.
To properly copyright a written work – like a book – you should register it with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Contact the experienced Business Attorneys at The Jacobs Law to properly registeryour written works with the U.S Copyright Office as well as advise you or your business on protecting online content, blog articles and more.
Why Obtain a Federal Copyright Registration?
A valid copyright registration provides several benefits, not the least of which is a certificate of registration that demonstrates your written work has been registered. Owners of registered copyrights can be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation for infringement. An if copyright registration occurs within five years of initial publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law.
Costs of Federal Copyright Registration
An application for Registration filed online for a single author work, same claimant, one work, not for hire is $35. A Standard Application filed online for registration for all other filings is $55. Paper filings (Form TX,Form VA,Form PA,Form SE,and Form SR) cost $85. These are the fees charged by the government.
The Business Law and Business Litigation Attorneys at The Jacobs Law can assist in obtaining Copyright Registration, draft and send cease and desist demands to those who infringe on your copyright, and can pursue copyright litigation for infringement.