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We get this question a lot. Along with ‘Do I still need to get a US government copyright?’
The answer is ‘No’ in both cases. (Although we recommend that in certain circumstances, you should also consider using the USPTO as well – more about that in the next link below).
Actually, the terms ‘intelLoc copyright’ or ‘US Government copyright’ are somewhat misleading, albeit unintentionally. The term should be ‘intelLoc copyright registration’ or ‘USPTO copyright registration’.
The ‘copyright’ is YOUR original work, whether it be a photo, design, book, graphic, song, pattern, recipe or string of coding. It’s the original piece of paper or computer file that YOU created, not the certificate that you receive from intelLoc or the USPTO.
That piece of work that you have created is what is protected by your civil right as detailed in the Berne Convention.
At intelLoc, we record the exact moment you uploaded your creation to your website, give it a unique, COiP™ verification number and we store that proof of when you loaded your copyright, on your behalf, in Amazon’s S3 server database, for as long as you choose.
The USPTO stores your copyright registrations in different locations but are processed through the US Library of Congress.
Think about your copyright registrations as money: some banks offer differing services. Some might have more ATMs, others may offer better mortgage deals, while others will give you better % rates on your savings.
In the same way you can ‘store’ your money in different banks, you can store your registrations in different copyright registers that offer services that best suit you.
Your intelLoc Website offers you virtually instant copyright and a simple, easy, fast and really user-friendly way to register your copyrights online.
Once your website is set up, you can access it anywhere online and register your material in seconds. Only an annual subscription is required.
The USPTO is slower, not very user-friendly and requires a payment every time you register a copyright or collection.
However, the USPTO does offer a service that, in our opinion, makes using their service vital, especially when one of your copyrights ‘hits the big time’ and is making you a lot of money – because in the event of a copyright infringement, a USPTO copyright can award you statutory damages and attorney’s fees.
Also, in the event that you need to transfer your copyright, (say) a film script to a production company, or a song to a music publisher, sometimes a registered US copyright is a prerequisite.
However it’s worth bearing in mind, (and while there are no published statistics on this), it has been estimated that over 97% of patents and copyrights registered with the USPTO make little actual income for the creator.
You simply type in, paste in, or upload your work into your intelLoc dashboard as a 'New Project'. As soon as you click 'CopyRight Now', your material is copyrighted correctly and automatically according to Article 2:2 of The Berne Convention.
On top of that, the patent pending CoIP™ System ensures that intelLoc members get independent, third party confirmation of the legal existence of their copyright if and when they need it.
One of the most powerful ways to demonstrate that your copyrighted material is genuinely yours, is to have it recorded and registered by an independent third party with no ax (axe?) to grind.
On the right, you'll see an example of the intelLoc Copyright Verification Certificate.
That’s a good question! But you may mean something else: let's look at this:-
Say you created piece of intellectual property (or published it) in any one of the 168 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 may be 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 your intelLoc website: you simply load your details into your intelLoc dashboard and hit CopyRight Now! and your copyright will be registered at that exact second.
But not that you ORIGINALLY copyrighted it in 2005. To 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 your song to a couple of dozen record labels.
Then, in 2016, 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 a rapper 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.
Registering that copyright using intelLoc is not going to help. We can only attest to the fact that you registered that copyright with us at the exact moment that you did – 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.
Yes, it IS good – but it IS true. Look at the price of a modern laptop: a couple of years ago, it would have been impossible.
intelLoc uses the latest technology to cut down administration and costs to an absolute minimum, without compromising on quality and service. We're a small team and we have engineered intelLoc to be highly efficient and 100% secure. We use the most up-to-date technologies and our systems are updated daily.
Amazon has some of the most extensive data storage in the world. It's highly secure, and over recent years, data can be compressed securely to the extent that Amazon now has a surfeit of unused 'storage farms'. intelLoc has an agreement with Amazon to store your materials in these databases and the cost has dropped significantly, while the security protocols have become even more bullet-proof.
A lot! The Berne Convention covers virtually all 'artistic or literary' properties. We have intelLoc members who register just about everything they write, invent, develop or create.
This came about because a lot of creative people create in different fields: for example, a lot of musicians and songwriters are artists too, and design their own logos. Then there are writers and authors who also create book covers. Some of them asked if they could publish and copyright their designs, which is cool with us.
Say you're an online seller, and you have goods for sale on Amazon, Etsy or eBay. The images of your products and the descriptions are your copyright property, but there are thousands of sellers who have their product pages copied or even hihjacked, so whatever you load up to a site like Amazon, you should protect before doing so.
There are thousands upon thousands of original works recorded every month. These include 'Literary Works' such as books, articles, songs, music, computer programs, databases, brochures, adverts, manuals, scripts, plays and so on.
If you use any social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, MySpace etc., anything you 'publish' there, like your text or photos, is your copyright too.
Anything you publish on the Internet on a website, for example, is your copyright material. (Provided you created it or commissioned it).
Then there are 'Artistic Works' such as website designs, ringtones, website content, logos, photographs, paintings, drawings, cartoons, sketches, diagrams, plans, engravings, films, videos, YouTube clips, broadcasts, webinars, soundtracks etc.
If you're a member, in your intelLoc dashboard you’ll see a button called ‘Serve Cease & Desist’. You fill in a few details and the offender will be served, by eMail, with a legal ‘Cease and Desist’ order. This lets the offender know that the theft has been discovered and that…
"YOU ARE HEREBY INSTRUCTED TO CEASE AND DESIST
FROM ALL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT."
The intelLoc Registrar sends the order directly to the email address you request and to you too. There is no charge for this. Generally, this will be sufficient to make the offender stop using or broadcasting your material.
If required, a sworn affidavit, signed and witnessed by the intelLoc registrar, can be requested. This carries the seal of an official Notary which is normally accepted in any court of law.
This document is supplied free of any administration charge to intelLoc members in good standing. Members have to meet the cost of delivery and legalisation, which is typically $25 – $60 US depending on whether the member wants the document by FedEx or normal mail.
If you're a creator of original material, you have to ask yourself a few questions: Will your work:-
- Have a financial value?
- Be used for financial gain?
- Have a potential value?
- Have the potential to be used by another person or company for financial gain?
If the answer to any of these questions is 'Yes', then you would be well advised to intelLoc copyright your material.
Over the years, there have been many acts, agreements and conventions to protect copyright material. There are still several, different but unilateral conventions on the subject.
However, the vast majority of sovereign nations (168 to date) have signed The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. This 'blanket' worldwide coverage means that when a work is copyrighted in one of the signatory nations, then that work is copyright in the remaining 167 countries at the same time.
For further information, check out Wikipedia:
First of all, the © sign is no longer required by The Berne Convention. It's probably a good idea to use it, but it's obsolete.
Second, you don't need to use intelLoc at all. The very fact that you recorded your work, on paper, as a recording, or chiselled in stone, is your proof of copyright according to the terms of The Berne Convention.
The problem comes when you have to prove that you recorded and copyrighted the material when you claim you did. In fact, cases of copyright infringement since the advent of the Internet have increased massively. Every minute, unscrupulous people and companies blatantly 'lift' copyright material from the Internet and use it to make literally millions of $$$'s.
By becoming a member of intelLoc, you publish your material yourself and record your own, legal copyrights AS YOU CREATE THEM. By using the intelLoc Copyright Creation Website, our members enjoy 2 big benefits –
- They comply, simply and quickly, with the terms of the Berne Convention and
They can provide solid, 3rd party, witnessed, registered evidence that they definitely established copyright of their material when they said they did.
In some countries, yes. The USA and Canada provide an excellent copyrighting service. It costs $35 to $250.00 per copyright and it takes about 6-10 months to be processed. (2016).
If you're dealing with a book or music publishing company, it's sometimes necessary to obtain a US or Canadian Copyright when signing a deal.
Countries that don't have a governmental copyright service sometimes recommend the use of 'Poor Man's Copyright'. That's useless – don't EVER use that!
We ALWAYS recommend that you use the USA or Canadian Government Copyright Services when your copyright material is making serious income.
This is a simple process, it's always been useless and it's even more useless in this digital age. Don't do it.
The theory is that you create a photo or write a song, a story, a sketch or poem, a software process or a logo, you simply write 'Copyright by [your name here]' and the date. That's now your copyright. Then you seal the paper in an envelope and post it to yourself by mail.
When you receive it, you don't open the envelope. In the event that someone steals your copyright, you take this to court. Then the judge opens it, proving that you copyrighted the material on the date on the envelope. That's the theory.
100 years ago, this was as good as it got. In the 21st Century, it must be clear as crystal to anybody who's ever used a computer that this is totally worthless. Nowadays it's very easy to manipulate or indeed, criminally counterfeit any kind of documentation at all.
Serious, creative people don't use this archaic, ancient method in the 21st Century. It's basically worthless and there are no court records that show any case to have been proven using this method.
What intelLoc does NOT do is to replace any country's official copyright service – intelLoc DOES establish, clearly and unequivocally and within the terms of The Berne Convention, that YOU published and copyrighted YOUR material at the date and time you claim.
Some people do use US Governmental Copyright. One advantage is that in the event of a claim, the US Copyright Office will provide a degree of legal assistance and statutory damages.
intelLoc's Patent Pending CoIP™ process provides solid, physical proof that intelLoc members can show legal evidence of the existence of the copyright at the time they claim – down to the exact second.
Your intelLoc certificate of copyright acts as additional proof to challenge or prove any claim before a court case begins as it's clear, third party, independent evidence.
How? The creation of your certificate can be tracked back through every internet server it has passed through, down to the exact second. That's why email is now accepted as proof by courts of law.
However, intelLoc members are advised to use governmental copyright where available, especially if they feel the need to do so or when required to by contract.
No. Once you've hit the button that says 'CopyRight Now' your work is 'fixed' and it cannot be altered in any way. This is to conform with The Berne Convention and protects intelLoc and its members from unscrupulous people trying to use the intelLoc system to infringe on or steal other people's already-copyrighted material.
Not only can intelLoc members NOT edit their copyright – the system doesn't allow intelLoc to even see these copyrights. This is part of the patent pending process.
No problem. Just copy & paste this work back into your dashboard, edit it and register the work again – call it 'Version 2' or whatever – the new registration takes effect immediately and the original publication and copyright still applies.
The updated material gets its own, fresh and updated intelLoc verification number: that's doubly secure.
So you always have proof of the original publication, as well as later, subsequent copyright of any improvements or changes you made to the original work, as and when you made them. All at the click of a mouse or a tap on a screen.
When the full patent has been granted, we'll let you know!
As many times as you want.
No problem. Just let us know and take 48 hours to download all the copyrights in your vault. Those belong to you.
On your instruction, we'll delete all the data you have uploaded.