Why You Should Copyright Your Work

Copyright Law

Richard Rimer

August 10, 2022

Copyright is a type of intellectual property protection that safeguards original works of authorship, such as books, music, and artwork. It is available for both published and unpublished works. Additionally, it is designed to promote the creation of original works. It does this by giving authors certain exclusive rights to their work, including the right to reproduce, distribute, perform, and display the work. Copyright protection also provides certain legal rights to those who use copyrighted materials. This includes the right to make certain limited uses of a copyrighted work without the copyright owner’s permission. Copyright law is governed by federal law, and all copyright infringement claims must be filed in federal court.

How to copyright your work

Copyrighting your work can provide many benefits. It can help to ensure that you are able to control how your work is used. It can also help to prevent others from infringing on your copyright. Copyrighting your work can also help to ensure that you are able to receive compensation for your work if it is used without your permission. In addition, copyrighting your work can help to create a public record of your copyright. This can be useful if you ever need to enforce your copyright in court.

Tips for protecting your copyrighted material

Copyright tips: When you copyright something, you’re essentially creating a paper trail that shows you were the first person to create the work in question. But copyrighting something doesn’t mean that your work is completely protected from being used without your permission. In order to give yourself the best possible chance of being compensated if someone does use your work without permission, there are a few things you can do:

1. Register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. This isn’t required in order to have copyright protection. However, it can be helpful in enforcing your copyright if someone does use your work without permission.

2. Include a copyright notice on all copies of your work. This notice should include your name and the year of first publication.

3. Keep meticulous records of when and where you first published your work. These records can be helpful in proving that you are the rightful copyright holder if someone does use your work without permission.

4. Get a copyright symbol (©) placed on all copies of your work. Again, this isn’t required for copyright protection, but it can be helpful in reinforcing your ownership of the work.

5. Consider registering your work with a copyright collecting society such as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) or the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). These organizations can help to ensure that you’re compensated if your work is used without permission.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your copyrighted material. This also gives yourself the best possible chance of being compensated if someone uses it without permission.

What to do if someone infringes on your copyright

If you believe that someone has infringed on your copyright, the first step is to send a notice of infringement to the infringing party. This notice should include:

– Your contact information, including your name, address, and phone number

– A description of the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed upon

– A description of where the infringing material is located on the infringing party’s website or other online service

– A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, their agent, or the law

– A statement, made under penalty of perjury, that all of the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner

– Your physical or electronic signature

After sending this notice, you should also take steps to file a copyright infringement lawsuit if the infringing party does not cease their infringing activity. You may want to consult with an attorney before filing a lawsuit. This gives you a chance to discuss your options and increase your chances of success.


Overall, copyrighting your work can provide many benefits. It is definitely a process that is well worth taking the time to understand. Contact Initiating Protection today to get started!