A Full Guide on How to Claim Copyright and What Works are included in it


Businesses are growing every day. New ideas and creations are implemented to run a successful business. But, back in your mind, there’s a constant fear “what if my works get copied?”

You don’t need to worry anymore, because you can easily copyright your work and even claim it when the third party is using your work. Today this guide will walk through you some vital issue related to copyrights.

Remember, the information provided in the guide is the basic guidelines. As always if, you doubt or query related, hire an attorney who deals with the intellectual property.

Firstly, what is copyright?

If we put it into the simple terms, then it means right to copy. It also says that the right is given to the sole creator of the piece. The owner is allowed to publish his or her work in a number of ways.

There are different kinds of works that are included in the below-mentioned list.

  1. Literary Works
  • Books
  • Pamphlets
  • Quotes
  • Instruction manuals
  • Poems
  • Computer programs
  1. Dramatic Work
  • Films
  • Videos
  • Songs
  • Screenplays
  • Scripts
  1. Musical Work
  • Song lyrics
  • Tunes and chords
  • Recordings
  1. Artistic Work
  • Pictorial Work
  • Sculpture
  • Paintings
  • Logo
  • Maps
  • Architectural diagrams

Claiming copyright has become easier than earlier times. It is highly recommended to register your work with the copyright office through an attorney rather than going for online.  Here is a step-by-step guide to help you out.

  1. Create your work

First things first, when you create your work, one should keep hold of some record or the proof of the date on which it was built. It will become helpful in claiming the rights.

  1. Get The Agreements From the Attorney

For each work, there is an attorney who has in-depth knowledge regarding the work you have produced.

  1. Mark Your Work With The Symbol

A copyright notice isn’t mandatory but crucial to put so as the world considers that the work is being protected by copyright. And it will also help you in preventing infringement.

There are three aspects to consider.

  • The “©” or the word “copyright” is a must
  • The year in which the work was published
  • The name of the author
  1. Registering Your Work

Registering your work requires you to fill the application, nonrefundable fee, a nonrefundable deposit and alongside the copy of your work. Two important points to consider are:

  • If your work is being registered within five years after the publication, jurisdiction will consider the copyrights to be valid.
  • Second, if the work is being recorded within three months after publication or before your work is violated then you can look for damages of infringement as per the U.S. Copyright Act.