You've spent hours of your time creating something that is special to you. Don't let someone steal it in seconds.
You should register your copyright before you display, publish, perform etc., your work in any way.
- You may feel that you can put off registering your copyright because you are a million miles away from publicly promoting your work. However, offers or chances of performing etc. can often appear out of the blue, and you want to be prepared for every eventuality.
- Even if you just show your work to friends, there can often be others around that are not such good friends of yours.
- It's quick and easy to register your copyright. Any unscrupulous person can easily take your work and register copyright. Do it before they do!
- Imagine how angry you'd be if someone else started making money and/or gaining recognition through your work. Imagine being sued for using your own work and having no proof of copyright – you would most certainly lose.
- Don't make the mistake of thinking that all promoters, publishers etc. are trustworthy. Register your copyright before showing it to anyone!
Don't worry if you feel that your work is not the finished product. Register all draughts, workings, amendments etc., this will only make your proof of copyright stronger.
In the current economic climate you may feel inclined to postpone your registration of copyright. However it is now more important than ever to register your copyright. When a country's economy is declining and people's wealth is decreasing, so the rate of crime increases. Some people will go to any lengths to get some extra money. So don't delay, register your copyright today.
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The information on this page is not a complete guide but should be regarded as a basic overview to enhance your understanding of copyright. This is not legal advice and should not be considered as such. Some information may not be applicable in certain situations.