Copyright Theft: "The Crime of The Century"
Copyright Theft has indeed become 'The Crime of the Century'. With worldwide losses estimated at more than $1.25 trillion, with one in every four copyright works being used illicitly or illegally, creators of books, articles, texts, music, computer data, designs, art, scripts are the losers.
The reason? The Internet. Copyright theft has always been around, but copyright material has never been so easy to access and so easy to steal. A simple click on an Internet-enabled device like a laptop, tablet or smartphone can ‘lift’ copyright material in a blink.
How to Copyright?
Until now, the process of actually copyrighting material has been either completely ineffective or slow and cumbersome. Simply put, IP (Intellectual Property) is copyright the second it’s recorded, whether that's written down on paper, recorded into a recording device, or more dangerously, uploaded to a website that anyone can access. Proving when and by whom that copyright was established, however, can be very difficult.
Most nations adhere to the terms of The Berne Convention, but it’s a law that does little to assist copyright-creators to actually prove the time, place, and even the existence of a copyright. Most countries have a 'Patent & Copyright' Government Department, but these inevitably offer no more than advice as to 'how to copyright' and what to do in the event of copyright theft.
USA & Canada Copyright
Two notable exceptions are the USA and Canada, both of which have a Governmental Copyright Office that offers registration for about $35 – $65. However, the application process is quite complex and slow – even in these Internet-empowered times.
Furthermore, it's expensive for the Copyright Creator who needs to copyright frequently – especially if you are still not making money from your copyrights.
By the International Law of The Berne Convention, (the worldwide law on copyright), intelLoc copyrights your work according to the letter of that law.
The USA and Canada were among the last to sign The Berne Convention. Nobody has actually detailed why, but the fact is (to some extent) financial: both countries offered a highly profitable 'Copyright Registry' system to their citizens prior to their full acceptance of the said convention. (In 1987.)
The Berne Convention enshrines copyright as a natural right of the citizen of any of the countries that have signed. (Including the USA & Canada.) NO payment is required. So both countries had a vested interest in NOT 'joining the club' initially.
'Fixing' (i.e. writing down, or otherwise recording) the material IS the act of copyright. No other country (worthy of note) offers anything other than Berne Convention copyright. However, the USA and Canada continue to offer local copyright (which actually is effective worldwide) and add extra value by providing legal assistance to a limited extent.
That's why we recommend that users apply for USA/Canada copyrights should they require (or be required) to. However, intelLoc establishes copyright internationally, legally, by complying with article 2:2 of the convention. So according to the Internationally-recognized Berne Convention, which has been adopted by both the USA & Canada, a self-produced, written copyright is as official as it gets – whether written by the creator of the copyright or by a third party on behalf of that creator – intelLoc, for example.
Here is the actual wording of Article 2:2 of the convention:
Article 2 Protected Works:
1. “Literary and artistic works”;
2. Possible requirement of fixation;
3. Derivative works;
(1) The expression “literary and artistic works” shall include every production in the literary, scientific and artistic domain, whatever may be the mode or form of its expression, such as books, pamphlets and other writings… (etc. – full details can be found on Wikipedia.)
(2) It shall, however, be a matter for legislation in the countries of the Union to prescribe that works in general or any specified categories of works shall not be protected unless they have been fixed in some material form.
(3) Translations, adaptations, arrangements of music and other alterations of a literary or artistic work shall be protected as original works without prejudice to the copyright in the original work… (etc.)
What that means is that if somebody does NOT 'fix' their copyright 'in some material form', then their work may NOT copyrighted in some signatory countries. (For example, most people think that the © sign is still valid – it's not.)
So if a creator of a copyright work fails to either A) use the USA or Canada’s excellent copyright service, or B) NOT create a ‘written-down’ (‘fixed’) copy of their work, then they may well have NO protection.
With intelLoc, they do.
intelLoc complies with International Law and does not detract from any 'local' copyrighting facility at all. intelLoc DOES establish 'prima facie' copyright.
Why use intelLoc™?
intelLoc uses a patent-pending, data encryption system called Copyright over Internet Protocol (CoIP™) to allow users to instantly create a unique, copyright verification number. This number can be annexed to the copyright work in question.
The registration is stored in the user’s password-protected, online ‘Copyright Vault’. The vault is held secure in intelLoc’s storage facility.
Prospective intelLoc users can currently create their customized, Copyright Protection Website free, and a new user can create up to 3 copyrights free of charge. This is to allow the user to assess, in a no-risk environment, whether the system suits his or her needs.
The Copyright Protection Website is available to the user for a full 7 days, after which the user can choose to continue with his or her subscription or not.
In the event that the user decides not to continue, the intelLoc copyright certificates, which complies with Article 2:2 of The Berne Convention, can be retained at no cost to the user and remain the property of the user. intelLoc makes no claim whatsoever to any rights over the copyright.
intelLoc™ Uses ipCOip™ Technology
"Intellectual Property Copyright over Internet Protocol™ "
Under the terms of the Berne Convention, copyrights for creative works are automatically in force upon their creation without being 'asserted or declared'. An author need neither 'register' nor 'apply for' a copyright in countries adhering to the Convention.
As soon as a work is 'fixed', that is, written or recorded on some physical medium, its author is automatically entitled to copyright protection in the work and to any derivative works, unless and until the author explicitly disclaims them or until the copyright expires. Foreign authors are given the same rights and privileges to copyrighted material as domestic authors in any country that signed the Convention.
While copyright claimants may 'fix' their copyright in various forms, it can be difficult to prove that the copyright was indeed 'fixed' by the claimant. It can also be difficult for the claimant to prove the time or date at which the copyright was 'fixed'.
intelLoc provides a process that enables the copyright claimant to instantly fix a copyright using a computer connected to the Internet. This is done in accordance with the terms of the Berne Convention. The user’s copyrighted material is processed, creating a computer protocol in the form of a complex series of numbers.
The copyright and the protocol are securely stored, thereby establishing the exact instant of copyright of the author’s work. The author receives confirmation of the establishment of the copyright.