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!
Meet your instructor: Brock Shinen, Esq., as he gives you a very brief introduction to the course.
You don't have to be a professional to create something with value. Blog posts, website designs, photos - all the types of things many of us create, and all holding the potential for revenue...and the potential to be used without our permission. It's time to come to the realization that your creations matter. This lecture will help you understand why that's true.
Copyright protection may subsist the moment a work is fixed in a tangible medium of expression, but there's very little you can do to enjoy the benefits of copyright protection without registration. This lecture will explain why a registered copyright is a protected copyright (and why an unregistered copyright is not).
In this lecture, students will learn the scope of copyright protection, including the specific types of materials covered by that protection. Students will walk away with a tangible understanding of what they can and cannot protect with copyright law.
This course will provide you with a visual walkthrough of the entire US copyright application. Each lecture in Section 2 is designed to progress through each step of the application process, showing you the actual copyright application page in context.
This course is a laser focused training on completing a US copyright application using the government's electronic filing service. It is not a copyright law course, so part of the assumption involved in this course will be that you either have a basic grasp of copyright law and/or you have access to people or resources that can help you navigate copyright law issues. I am a copyright attorney and that is a significant part of what I do, but I want to be clear about expectations for this course. We are here to learn about the copyright application process leading towards a registered copyright.
This course is information only, and does not constitute legal advice. Although the instructor is an attorney, I have not reviewed the specifics of any particular case or circumstances, so any instruction is made without regard to the specifics of your case and/or circumstances.
Gain an understanding of the US copyright office website, including where to find helpful information regarding copyrights.
The US Copyright Office website suggests disabling your pop up blocker before you use the site. They also recommend that you use Internet Explorer or Firefox as your browser. I always use Chrome and have no problems, but if you want to use the "certified" browser, stick with IE or Firefox.
You can't file an application without a profile. This lecture walks you through the steps required to set up a user account.
After this lecture, you will have a broad understanding of the US copyright office application and process.
In this lecture, I will walk you through the structure and process of the rest of the section, so that you understand how to complete the remainder of the course properly.
If you recall from the pre-registration lecture (Lecture #12), you have the option of selecting "yes" or "no" to three questions that would then define the type of copyright application you would complete. This lecture covers situations in which you are registering only one work, owned by one person and created by one author (e.g., all three questions are "yes").
This lecture is intended to provide alternative possibilities for the "title" portion of the copyright application in circumstances when you have selected "no" on one or more of the pre-registration questions (See, Lecture #12).
If you're mailing in your deposit copy(ies) by mail, this is an example of the shipping slip and how to complete it.
You filed your first copyright application...congratulations! What's next? In this lecture, we'll discuss some of the next steps you'll need to take.
Copyright protection isn't about just filing a registration. It's about having a plan. This lecture will cover the basics of creating a meaningful copyright protection plan.
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.