There are three basic requirements that work must meet to be protected by copyright: Originality: To be original, work must merely be independently created. In other words, it cannot be copied from another. There is no requirement that the work is novel (as in patent law), unique, imaginative or inventive. Creativity: To satisfy the creativity [...]
Keep in mind that it takes many months for the Office to examine your work and get back to you. The process can also be as brief as three months. But a time-frame of 6 to 8 months is more realistic. And don’t be surprised if it takes as long as 9 to 10 months [...]
Government fees for registering copyright online: A lower filing fee ($35 for a single author who is also the sole claimant in a single work that is not made for hire, or $55 for all other online filings, compared to $85 for a paper filing); Faster processing time; Online status tracking; Secure payment by credit [...]
1- A completed application form; 2- A nonrefundable filing fee; and 3- At least one copy of the work(s) being registered.
Copyright offers protection of original works of art — creative expressions that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyrights can be obtained for many types of works, including a computer software program, book manuscript, painting, a recorded or written piece of music, a photograph, or a movie. It is strongly recommended that published [...]
Ensure that you have registered a copyright for your photographs. Make sure you physically affix your trademark to your products and/or packaging. Make sure you are Brand Registered. Consider putting a watermark on your images.
Report offending images via drop-down menu “copyright” and choose images. If you own copyright and a trademark, Amazon will remove offending images and issue a listing violation warning once you provide evidence of IP ownership. You can also send the other seller an invoice for the unauthorized use of your image. report them to Amazon [...]
The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration. When is my work protected? Your work is under copyright protection the moment it [...]
Ideas, facts, and concepts are not protectable by copyright. However, the expression of those ideas, facts, and concepts are protectable. For example, anyone may “use” the ideas, facts, and procedures in a news article to write their own article that uses their own expression, but, with some exceptions, no one is allowed take the expression [...]
Copyright protection is not available for: Procedures, processes, and methods of operation; Systems; Ideas, facts, and concepts; Principles and discoveries; Titles, slogans, and other short phrases; Lists of ingredients; Creations that are not fixed in a tangible form, like an improvisational comedy sketch; Information that is comprised completely of common property and no original authorship, [...]