Protect Your Creative Works with US Copyright Registration
What you'll learn
- Save hundred or even thousands of dollars
- Complete a US copyright application, step-by-step
- Take action to protect your copyrights without guesswork
- Save time and money by becoming self-reliant in protecting your copyrights
- Know why a "registered" copyright is the primary tool in your protection arsenal (and why an unregistered copyright is NOT)
- Understand what copyright law protects and what it does not
- Create and implement a copyright protection plan
- Write an article, take a photo, or shoot a video. Just create something you want to protect. That's it!
No false hopes here. Taught by an intellectual property attorney, this course will walk you through each step of the copyright registration process! From setting up a new user account with the US Copyright Office, to completing the application, to submitting your work - it’s all in here. Other resources dance around the subject without giving you the real nuts and bolts, but this course covers each step in detail, including tips and tricks along the way.
You’ve written a book or article, recorded a song, taken some photos…maybe even written some software, designed a website, or sculpted a masterpiece. Copyright protection extends to many types of creative works, including books, music, photos, movies, sculptures, videos, graphics, software, screenplays, articles, and compilations of those things. Here’s the thing: What’s the point of creating content if you’re not going to protect it? “Yeah,” you’re thinking, “but doesn’t copyright law already protect my work as soon as I reduce it to a tangible form?”
Not the way you think!
“But shouldn’t I wait until I have something worth selling?” I’m here to tell you that one person’s garbage is another person’s treasure. Remember, even if you believe you’re material is not worth protecting, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t find it valuable (and use it without your permission). Without a copyright registration, you lack some of the most fundamental protections that would otherwise enable you to do something about your stolen work! You can’t sue, you can’t recover statutory damages…you can’t, you can’t, you can’t.
Bottom line: If you don’t mind having a car with no gas, create a copyright without registering it with the copyright office. However, if you want some juice in the tank to get you where you need to be, submit an application and do it right.
We’ll start with an overview. Not the type of overview that leaves you more confused than when you started, but the kind that jumps right into the most critical and meaningful information: What copyright law protects and what it does not. From there we’ll proceed to why you need to register your copyright with the US Copyright Office. The benefits you receive when you register your work.
Then we will jump straight into the US Copyright Office website and the electronic filing procedure. We’ll set up a new user account, start an application, and walk through each step of the process.
You have everything to lose by NOT taking this course. If you create anything that copyright law is capable of protecting, you NEED to learn how to secure that protection now!
Who this course is for:
- If you CREATE, this course is for you!! It doesn't matter if you create articles, blogs, books, photographs, videos, websites, software, films, graphics or sculptures
- This course is designed for AMATEURS and PROFESSIONALS alike
- You SHOULD take this course if you want to save time and money protecting yourself
- You SHOULD take this course if you want to empower yourself to take the reigns on protecting your property
- You should NOT take this course if you believe your materials have no value and you don't care if people steal them, at will
Brock Shinen is the founder and owner of Law Office of Brock Shinen, Inc. Brock is a seasoned attorney with extensive experience in negotiations, transactions, and counseling. He is highly regarded for his ability to timely assess complex situations, and architect/implement creative and compelling solutions. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including software, design, social networking, entertainment, event planning, consulting, non-profit, religious, distribution, medical, education, fashion, law, product development, manufacturing, food services, and farming. Brock’s areas of emphasis include intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets), entertainment (music, literary, art, film), and business startup and operations.
In his intellectual property practice, Brock zeroes in on brand and IP asset protection strategy, as well as education and audits/policy. To supplement his intellectual property practice, Brock writes and speaks extensively about the subject and has been cited by a number of domestic and international organizations in connection with his work in this arena. His online white paper, "Can You Copyright A Tweet," is an authoritative response to the issue of copyright in the digital age, and has been cited by countless substantive treatments of the subject.
In his entertainment practice, Brock advises large and small record labels, music publishers, recording artists, songwriters, New York Times bestselling authors, galleries and artists, as well as screenwriters, producers and filmmakers. His expertise in each entertainment sub-industry is characterized by thoughtful and knowledgeable counsel, and an excellent rapport with industry figures. Brock elected to further emphasize the “Christian” demographic of entertainment and is a highly sought after counselor to many of the top Christian worship artists/songwriters and literary writers.
Brock’s business practice is unique in that he is known not for merely executing legal duties, but for taking the time to understand the culture and context of each business he represents. His clients tap him for business wisdom and guidance, and he has helped many businesses develop and grow well beyond anticipated projections. One of Brock’s core competencies in business representation is in systemic analysis, in that he views each transaction in the greater context of overall business needs and objectives, and is able to critically assess the best way for a business to achieve its objectives. Brock’s representation includes global business leaders who influence millions.