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How to File a Copyright Online for Just the $35 charged by the US Copyright Office!

It is CHEAP, only $35,  to file a Copyright, so do not use those sites that charge you $200 to do it! Use the same place THEY do... Ummmmmm The US Copyright Office!

When you file a Copyright you can file it for nearly ANYTHING you create.. Music, written work, Microsoft Word Documents, Photographs in almost any format, Excel Files, PDF Documents, Powerpoint, AutoCad, AutoDesk, TXT files, Movies, Zipped Files and more... So what I show you below in the video can pertain to ANY one of those. Just select the right file type as shown.

I show you how to file a Copyright for free below.

And.. If you need a Patent or a Provisional Patent perhaps you will use MY Provisional Patent Video Course!

Follow the videos below to see how to file a Copyright electronically.

First: Go to the US Copyright Office and browse around. You will want to notice the

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Or just hit the link above to get there.. The website has lots of information and the Copyright process is easy but you must follow specific instructions... This one will cost $35 because I am not Co-Authoring it or asking for anything special... See Fees for great details...

A copyright filed ELECTRONICALLY, as I show takes about 3 months but you have your cinfirmation IMMEDIATELY. If you file by US Mail it takes 10 months and costs $65.. So they want you to file ELECTRONICALLY as I show below!

Here is CutePDFwriter I mentioned in the video... There is a video below the first one giving details...

If you need to file a Patent visit the Provisional Patent Video Course.

Music Related Links for my Musician buddies!
If you want to Copyright Music then also visit the following sites:

SonicProducer 2.0 Fully functional Music Synthesizer and Hottest Music Production Machine, Download Beats!

Full Video Converter to convert ANY music files to the MP3 (or ANY) format supported by the U.S. Copyright office 

Video Converter. Cheapest one and pretty good.

<> Mano of the free video converters for Videos have bug and virus problems. Do not use unless you have a VERY VERY good Anti Virus system running!

USE EXTREME CAUTION.. Can take hours and be very expensive to remove some of those nasty free things! The above both have free trials, but they are safe because they have a path to upgrade! You might be able to get your FIRST song on the US Copyright site without having to buy the program.

The programs only like Windows PC's ! If you have a MAC you are in luck.. The files you create with a MAC are all compatable with the US Copyright office!

Super short and fast Video

How To Copyright Your Song or Music

for $35 using Copyright.gov.. The OFFICAL government branch for Copyrights.

Please "like" the videos if they help you and so that others may find them!

This video is a bit longer and gives details no matter what you want to Copyright!

Please "like" the videos if they help you and so that others may find them!

Here is a video showing how to use Cute Writer for Windows to create a PDF format that the Copyright Office will love. Patents at the USPTO and Copyrights need the same format so do not fret that I mention patents in the video below:

Please "like" the videos if they help you and so that others may find them!

If you have a MAC you ONLY need to select save in PDF format from any application and it will be properly formatted for the Copyright Office.. If you need a video I have one below for you...

Patents at the USPTO and Copyrights need the same format so do not fret that I mention patents in the video below:

Please "like" the videos if they help you and so that others may find them!

For Software Developers..
Software developers do not want anyone pirating their work either and of course want the ability to stop piracy as swiftly as possible. That’s where the U.S. copyright law comes into play. Anything you create, including computer programs, immediately receives copyright protection when it’s fixed in a tangible format. This tangible format is created when you save your code into a computer file. Formal registration with the U.S. Copyright Office grants a much broader range of protections. We have show how that is done above. It is very similar to any copyrighting task!

Tangible Format
To work with the Copyright office you will product your program in a tangible format that is accepted by the Copyright Office. For registration purposes, you must submit source code -- not compiled programs. To do this simply submit the first and last 25 pages -- roughly the first and last 1,000 lines of code -- with your registration. That's it!
 
Registration of Code
Because you submit computer programs in printed form, the Copyright Office requires that your registration be handled as if it were a literary work, registering yourself or your company as the author as I have shown above. If you ALSO wish to also copyright the on-screen user interfaces of your work then, you may register the program in addition as a graphic work or, if it produces video, an audiovisual work. In this case, list “computer program” as the creator of the image. This process provides copyright to all on-screen images the program creates rather than single screen grabs of each portion you wish to protect.
 
Public Record and Trade Secrets
The deposit -- your hard-copy printout of your source code -- you submit as part of the registration process is kept by the U.S. Library of Congress. Because of this, it’s public record, and other software developers can refer to it. Because of the sensitive nature of code, the Copyright Office allows you to block out sensitive portions of the program with a black pen or by swapping out characters for "XXXXXX" or blank spaces. If you must omit large portions of the code, insert notes that clarify the number of lines and characters removed from the deposit and attribute the omission to trade secrets or confidential material.
 
Software Updates
As copyright holder, you own the exclusive rights to make improvements and updates on your original copyrighted work. While developing and marketing improved versions of software is a time-honored business model, you’ll need to approach copyright registration of subsequent versions carefully to maintain the strongest copyright. The Copyright Office requires that you register a new copyright for each updated version of your program, even if the adaptations may be outside the 2,000 lines of code you used in your deposit. Take this seriously as getting in to battle with an infringer who copies your "new" code that you did not take time to copyright might just win. The cost to copyright is small.. Call it cheap insurance...
 

Need to Patent your invention?

Here is where you buy the Provisional Patent Video Course

end.. How to copyright electronically

How to Trademark electronically

NO... YOu do NOT have to be an attorney to file one of these!!

Call the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center at 800-786-9199 and hit 1 to get to them on the phone. Very helpful folks!
 
A Trademark will cost you $325 using the TEAS form. It is simple to use and you can find it the
TEAS at bottom here:

There is also a TEAS+ form that is $275 but if you make an error they have a $50 fine... They BOTH do the exact same thing!
 
When you finish your submission and they take your $325 you will get an 8 digit Serial Number THEN... it will take 12 to 13 months to approve you submission. THEN you will bet your paper Certificate of Registration!
 
Note: When you write your term like CokeTM with the TM the TM is a claim of ownership. You do NOT put TM on your mark.
 
Here is a SPECIMEN for a Coke Submission..
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