Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of published and unpublished “original works of authorship,” such as literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works. This protection also includes the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works of, publicly perform or display a work and to authorize others to do so too.
In most cases, existing Cosynd users can complete their application in minutes. Cosynd will automatically determine your filing requirements and take care of the entire application for you faster than navigating the Copyright Office’s website yourself (helping you to avoid costly mistakes on applications that the Copyright Office will not issue refunds for). For example, Cosynd will:
- Automatically determine which application to file on your behalf.
- Instantly determine the correct work type category for your registrations.
- Transfer data about you and your works to multiple places in your application, so that you don’t have to.
- File the actual application on your behalf and alert you if there are any issues.
It is now mandatory to register your copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office before filing a lawsuit. Only copyright holders whose applications have received a decision may file a lawsuit. Pending applications are not eligible.
There are a number of additional benefits to having your content registered with the U.S. Copyright Office:
- You receive a certificate of registration.
- Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.
- By registering your content, you may be eligible to collect statutory damages and attorney's fees from litigation (up to $150,000 per infringement plus your legal fees covered).
- There is a public record of your ownership, your collaborators’ ownership, and the other relevant details of your content.
- If registration occurs within 5 years of the publication of your content, your registration is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law.
- You can record the registration with the U.S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies.