Timely Registration is Recommended!
Why Copyright?Copyright registration is mandatory if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a work. Below are a few examples of copyright protectable work.
Why Register Your Work?
A Copyright is a form of protection applicable to original works of authorship set in a distinct medium of expression. It protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are utilized. A copyright application can be filed for both published and unpublished works. Examples of copyright protectable work:
- source code of computer software
- artwork on clothing
- pictures on a coffee mug
- textual work on websites, brochures, books, etc.
- sculptural works such as jewelry and statutes
The copyright registration process is voluntary, but timely registration is recommended because certain statutory damages and attorney's fees are available to a successful litigant who has registered his or her work within 3 months of publication or before an alleged infringement occurs. Furthermore, some authors wish to have their work publicly made of record in the event others wish to know the author of a work.
Resolving Domain Name Conflicts
The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) is a process established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the resolving disputes over domain names.When a registrant chooses a domain name, the registrant must "represent and warrant," that the registration of the domain name "will not infringe upon or otherwise violate the rights of any third party." The registrant must also agree to participate in arbitration proceedings if a third-party alleges such a violation has occurred.To file an official complaint under the UDRP, a complainant must establish three elements:
- The domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights;
- The registrant does not have any rights or legitimate interests in the domain name; and
- The registrant registered the domain name and is using it in "bad faith."
- If a Complainant is successful, the domain name will be transferred to the Complainant. Currently, the UDRP applies to the following top level domain names:
.aero .asia .biz .cat .com .coop .info .jobs .mobi .museum .name .net .org .pro .tel .travel
The UDRP also applies to some top level country code domain names