"Revolutionary ‘Cloak-and Dagger’
Online Copyright System Goes Live"
Copyright theft is now hitting an estimated $40,000 every second. That’s about $1.25 trillion a year (CNN iReport.) In a 2011 study commissioned by broadcasting giant NBC, it has been revealed that ”An estimated 23.8% of all Internet traffic… infringes copyright.”
www.intelLoc.com probably couldn’t have picked a better time to launch its online, ‘one click’ copyrighting system. Users can create a custom, Copyright Protection Website free of charge and establish, again free, the copyright of any works of their choosing, using the patent-pending, Copyright over Internet Protocol. (CoIP™)
The work to be copyrighted, whether a song or music, in simple text as a book, or a photograph or design as an image file, is sent to the company’s secure server. The CoIP™ system assigns a unique verification code to the work and instantly sends an intelLoc ‘Certificate of Copyright’ back to the user by secure email.
Founder and CEO of intelLoc, Scotsman Norm MacLeod says, “The ‘home’ if you like, of the law on copyright, is the city of Berne, where The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was first established. Nowadays, 165 countries have signed the agreement, so when you establish your copyright in just one, it’s automatically copyright in the other 164 nations. With copyright infringement at today’s levels, it makes sense to register and record worldwide copyright according to the terms of the convention.”
Using any Internet-connected device, from a home PC to a smartphone, users can upload their copyright material to their own password-protected, ‘Copyright Suite’. From there, with a click on the aptly-named ‘CopyRight Now’ button, their work is registered in their ‘Copyright Vault’ and the exact second of copyright is recorded.
Not only is the copyright confirmed in writing to the user, the company provides a valuable ‘Third Party Witness’ statement in the event of infringement. “The user has access to a ‘Cease and Desist’ facility, so that people or companies infringing upon copyright can be formally informed of the infraction,” says MacLeod. “Sometimes people ‘lift’ a picture from an Internet page, not knowing they’re breaking the law, and could be fined thousands of dollars, pounds, euros or whatever. Our users can let them know, in no uncertain terms, that if they continue, they will end up in court.”
And if that happens? “We provide a legally-certified affidavit that shows the copyright was registered with us on the date claimed. We can also provide certified tracking of the event – a ‘virtual paper trail’ if you like, that is definitive evidence of copyright.”
While registration and initial use of the intelLoc facilities is free, MacLeod refutes a wholly altruistic business philosophy. “Our philosophy is ‘No Hard Sell’ – try it free, if you don’t like it, you don’t pay. You still retain your worldwide copyrights with our compliments.”
"Just What IS Copyright?"
By Norman MacLeod
There’s a lot of confusion about copyright and how you ‘copyright’ your stuff correctly, so let’s get everything clear and out in the open before you take the important step of copyrighting your latest work.
‘Copyright’ is an automatic, natural right of any citizen of the 165 countries that are members of ‘The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works’. This International Agreement was first established in Berne, Switzerland, in 1886. So Switzerland is the ‘home’ of your copyrights, no matter where you record the copyright of your work.
The Berne Convention now covers all of Europe, The United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America, most of the former Russian Federation and most of Africa and Asia. (The US was one of the last to join, on 1st March, 1989.)
To cut a long story short, if you are a citizen of, or located in any of the member states, then the moment you record your work, on paper, canvas, as a digital file, on a postcard even… then it’s YOUR copyright*. (You don’t even need to use the © sign any more, contrary to popular belief. It actually has no value in a Court of Law – it's obsolete and useless.)
This means that when you do copyright your work, then it’s automatically copyright in the 165 countries that signed the Swiss Convention – not just in your own country.
(*If that sounds too simple to be true, check it out on Wikipedia. The entire convention is published there in its entirety.)
"Can I Copyright Something I Created Years Ago?"
By Norman MacLeod
That’s a good question! But you may mean something else: let me explain:- Say you created piece of Intellectual Property (or published it) in any one of the 165 countries that have (so far) signed The Berne Convention. The moment that you recorded that work, you became the copyright owner. That’s the Law. Period.
So your copyright was created 5, 10 or 25 years ago. It’s yours already. But that doesn’t mean to say that it’s protected. The question you’re really asking is "Can I register the copyright of something I created years ago?" And the answer to that is a definite Yes.
Say you wrote a song in 2005 and you want to register your copyright using the US Government Copyright Service or an independent, third party witness, such as intelLoc. Yes, you can get a third party to attest to the fact that you are the Copyright Owner at the date you first contact that third party… But not that you ORIGINALLY copyrighted it in 2005.
Let me explain, because there’s a caveat here, a warning: Let’s take a hypothetical case –- (although this happens every day in the Music Business!) -– and let’s say that in 2005, you sent out demo recordings of a song to a couple of dozen record labels. Then, in 2012, to your horror, you’re driving along the road and hear YOUR song being played on the radio… sung by The Black Eyed Peas: or maybe you hear 50-Cent rapping your lyrics on a track, or you hear your demo has been used as a sample, or in an ad. You need to build a case for the copyright theft or infringement.
Registering that copyright is not going to help. Any third party can only attest to the fact that they witnessed that copyright in 2012 -– not that you created the song in 2005. Which is exactly why you need to take care to protect your valuable copyrights the very moment you create them!
" 'The Crazy Frog' Ringtone"
By Norman MacLeod
In 1997, a 17 year-old kid called Daniel Mahlmedal from Gothenburg, Sweden, posted a recording of himself on the web. It was the sound of his own voice, imitating the 'BOING-BOING, DING-DING' noise his friend's souped-up moped made.
He didn't copyright it properly.
In 2003, 6 years later, another young Swedish guy by the name of Erik Wernquist posted a little, PC-made video of what he called 'The Annoying Thing', backed up with Daniel's moped impression. Erik had picked up the noise from the 'net and said it was 'anonymous'.
Daniel contacted Erik and luckily, Erik was an honorable young man and credited Daniel as the composer of the sound.
Then they were approached by a ringtone corporation, and signed a deal. It was a crap deal for them – they were poorly advised – but the deal was great for the corporation.
To date, 'The Crazy Frog' has earned an estimated $25,000,000. Daniel and Erik received "… a tiny percent." (Today, Daniel works as a computer components salesman.)
LESSON? Get the Copyright RIGHT And Read The Contract!
"Songs, Music, Books, Art, Designs, Photos, Graphics, Apps, Websites & Web Content…"
By Norman MacLeod
Copyright Your Work Worldwide NOW, Instantly, In 165 Countries.
No matter where you are, patent-pending Copyright over Internet Protocol™ (CoIP™) uses your computer or Internet-connected iPhone, iPad or Blackberry to establish your own Berne Convention-compliant, International Copyright in seconds.
A 2011 CNN report estimates that Copyright Theft now amounts to around $1.25 trillion annually. A 2011 study commissioned by US broadcaster NBC has established that almost 25% of all Internet traffic involves stolen copyright material. (Pornography and other adult content was not included in the study.)
Law Courts worldwide are back-logged with Copyright Infringement cases. Songwriters, authors, musicians, designers, artists, marketers, inventors and other creative people now face the mathematical certainty that one in every four copyright works they own will be stolen or used illegally for profit.
Proof that you copyrighted your work when you claim you did, can be difficult and very expensive to establish. intelLoc is an exclusive service that allows members to instantly establish and register copyright of their work in their own, password-protected, ‘Copyright Vault’ in accordance with The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Work. (Registration is currently effective in 165 signatory countries.)