Frequently Asked Questions
How does Copyrighted.com work?
Copyrighted.com provides a third party, non-repudiation, registered dating of your original digital creation. By using this service, you publicly associate your digital copyright and defined rights to you. To register a copyright, you need to create an account and select what kind of work you would like to protect. After that you will instantly receive a unique digital fingerprint registered to your name.
Why should I register a copyright?
If you have created something that has value to you then you need to be able to protect it from being copied, stolen, or subject to other unauthorised use. To do this, you need to be able to prove that you are the rightful owner of the work. If someone else publishes your work under their name then they will be assumed to be the rightful copyright-holder, unless you can prove otherwise. Registering your work through Copyrighted.com is quick and easy and provides independent third-party verification of your ownership of your work.
How much does it cost to register a copyright?
Absolutely nothing! Copyrighted.com allows you to register as many copyrights as you like completely free of charge.
How soon will my work be protected?
Your work will be protected as soon as it is successfully uploaded to our server. You will also be provided with a unique digital fingerprint of your work and protection seal.
Who can register copyrights?
Anyone who has created an original work may register it through Copyrighted.com This includes writers, artists, composers, photographers, computer programmers, and anyone else who creates original works.
Do you have an example of a registered copyright?
Sure, you may view registration of our Copyrighted.com website.
Is the copyright protection you provide valid worldwide?
Yes, Copyrighted.com provides a public date registration of your original digital creations. This process is verifiable proof worldwide that your digital creation was registered to you on a specific date.
Do I have to display your "Registered & Protected" seal on my website?
No, displaying the seal is optional. However we recommend that you do display it as you can discourage potential plagiarists from copying, stealing or misappropriating your work.
Why should I prove my copyright is protected?
You should provide evidence of your copyright on all public displays of your original creations so that nobody can claim they thought your creation was part of the public domain. The public domain consists of original creations available "copyright free" to the whole public. Copyright infringers often claim the public domain defense, and can be let off the hook if no public display was with your original creations defining your copyright.
By displaying the copyright seal which points to your registration page you provide evidence of your copyright. The seal also helps prevent copyright infringement as it shows that you have taken steps to protect your creations.
What is a digital fingerprint?
Digital fingerprint is a hash value that uniquely identifies a data file. It is used in detecting tampering of electronic documents and cannot be reconstructed from any other digital fingerprint. It is because two files that differ even by a single character will have completely different digital fingerprints.
What do the numbers and letters in the fingerprint mean?
The letters and numbers in a fingerprint are created by the algorithm Copyrighted.com uses to determine the uniqueness of your original digital creation. This combination of letters and numbers will always be unique to your digital creation as long as the creation is not changed.
What should I do if someone infringes on my copyright?
You should send the infringer a cease and desist notification and point them to your date registration with Copyrighted.com. If there is no response from the infringer you should seek legal counsel and pursue the course of action you feel is necessary in your case.
Will Copyrighted.com help me enforce my copyright?
Copyrighted.com does not provide legal advice or legal services to help you. It does provide a public date registration service, which can be used to enforce your copyright, however that responsibility is up to you.
What does non-repudiation mean?
Non-repudiation is the assurance that someone cannot deny something. Copyrighted.com incorporates this concept into the copyright registration process which uses digital fingerprints. Registering a copyright with Copyrighted.com creates verifiable proof you are the copyright owner from the date of the registration forward.