Copyrights protect original literary or artistic works. The “©” symbol (a capital letter ‘C’ inside a circle) is commonly used to identify copyrighted works. The “©” is recognized in most nations around the world. However, for works made after March 1, 1989, there is no requirement to include the “©” symbol on your copyrighted work. Below are the basics about where to register a copyright and the costs to get it done.
What is a Copyright?
A copyright is the exclusive legal right given to an originator (or an assignee) to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, and prepare derivative works based on the work. In addition, this protection gives the owner the right to let others exercise these exclusive rights (license), subject to certain statutory limitations.
An interesting thing about copyrights that contrasts with patents and trademarks is that to gain protection, the author does not have to register. As soon as the author or artist “fixes the work in a tangible form of expression,” a copyright protects the original work. Registering your work and getting a copyright is recommended if you anticipate any issues with protection, licensing, or sales of the work. Defending a copyright is easier when it is registered.
3 Steps to Copyright – Registering a Work
An author can gain enhanced protection by registering a work with the U.S. Copyright Office; however, copyright protection does not require a registration. The enhanced protection includes benefits such as having a public record of the claim, the ability to file a copyright lawsuit in federal court, and receiving return of legal fees for infringement claims if you win a suit. You can also register your work and get your own copyright. It is a straightforward process. Moreover, the filing is fee is only $45 to $125 if you do it yourself. Read more about how to register and get a copyright yourself using our 3 steps to copyright registration.
Costs to Copyright and Copyrights Services
The filing is fee is $45 or $65 if you do it yourself online using our 3 steps to copyright above. Carson Patents charges a $520 fee to prepare and file for you, including the U.S. Copyright Office filing fee. Visit our copyright costs page for more information.