Your copyright is similar to owning a car. It is your property, and if someone comes and borrows your car without first getting permission, a dispute is likely to arise. Registering a copyright with the Library of Congress can take up to a year, so its that much more important that your Copyright Application be completed correctly, and as early as possible. To help our clients keep costs down, we provide the below tutorial on how to file a Copyright Application yourself. Our firm offers the following services to our clients:
· Copyright Registration
· Copyright Dispute & Infringement
· Copyright Litigation
Although Copyright Law provides you protection, even without formally registering your copyright, there are nonetheless benefits to a formal registration through the Library of Congress. Here are a few of those benefits:
You have the right to sue in a court of law (this is an important one, because if you do not have a Copyright Certificate, you will be unable to file a lawsuit to enforce your Copyright).
You now have a public record of your copyright claims.
Prima Facie Evidence of Ownership
If you registered within 5 years of publication, you now have assumed evidence that your copyright claim is valid (they call it “prima facie” evidence).
Statutory damages and your attorney’s fees are available, so long as your registration was made within 3 months after publication of your work.