You may have heard that copyrights arise automatically when you finish a creative work fixed in a tangible form, such as a book or other writing, picture, sculpture, musical recording, videotaped dance or other performance, computer program or website. That is true. However, there is a procedure for registering your trademark with the United States Copyright Office.
Registration requires filling out some forms and paying a small fee of $35. To avoid errors, an attorney specializing in copyright law can be employed to prepare and file the application for registration, which may cost a couple hundred dollars.
Why go to the trouble if copyrights arise automatically? The answer is that copyright registration bestows many powerful benefits on a copyright owner. Four such benefits are described below.
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