The more supporting proof that you can personally evidence the better – i.e. maybe you’ve had radio play of your material or have a copy of a programme of an art exhibition that references display of your work- it’s this extra circumstantial evidence that can really help substantiate your copyright claim.
The best way is to formally register your work with a professional agent: a historical practice has been to lodge or register a copy of your works with a professional ‘safe keeper’ such as a bank. There are also certain document archive and so called 'copyright offices' that will perform a similar service of filing a copy of your material. As copyright, by definition, comes into being automatically, it is important to emphasise that you are not required to register your material at all but in doing so, you now have more solid formal proof that can be legally evidenced if required. Additionally, there are in fact no ‘official’ copyright services – even though this claim is sometimes alluded to. Registering your copyright by the ways suggested above, although effective, can be archaic, laborious, and expensive. Although you get a certificate of your registration, your material remains locked away in a dead end, black box filing system – to the point that you may not exactly remember what the material was you filed in the first place! What’s more you may be charged to obtain a copy of your work and some file services will periodically re-charge you a subscription cost you to keep your files on record.
So, whilst registration isn’t a requirement, if you’re serious about protecting your work – it does provide more formal evidence and proof. Additionally it makes things easier to be able to straightforwardly reference your copyright in the case of licensing and publishing of your works and can often form a necessary clause in a commercial contract or agreement.
All of this seems a bit long winded - Surely there has to be a better solution….
Future Copyright – Copyright that YOU control!
For the first time Future Copyright provides a versatile solution that puts powerful authentication and management of your copyrighted works completely under your full retention and control.
Future Copyright allows you to personally derivate, assign and manage your own copyright by providing each registered user with his or her own active ‘Copyright enabled Creative Content Portfolio’
From here you can:
Formally authenticate and ‘proof stamp’ your own copyright: Upload your original material, and it becomes systematically indexed along with it’s own unique copyright number and associated details. Your work is made indelible as a locked Definitive or Master Copy – it cannot be edited or deleted.
This is no black box – within your creative content copyright portfolio you can completely access and manage your ‘Definitive’ and Master Copy works.
Personally view and play all of your material (audio, video, text, image) using FC’s inbuilt mediabox , arrange into fully searchable projects, print off copyright records and certificates, download material from your definitive and master copies, provide restricted portal access to specifically assigned media to collaborators, perspective agents, managers, promoters etc, download or send your copyrighted master copies for direct licensing and publishing applications. Use FC’s inbuilt copyright and licensing terms and conditions templates (coming soon).
Now here’s the good bit – you get all of this for less than the price of a high street coffee!
Simple. Revolutionary. Out there. Future Copyright gives you full personal and retained copyright control from the derivation and proof stamping of your own copyright, management of your entire definitive and master copy creative content portfolio and direct interfacing for licensing and publishing
Future Copyright for the first time, provides a usable and versatile copyright solution to the entire creative community
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