You made the melody, now it’s time to copyright your music.
Other services may claim to copyright your work, but make sure they are actually registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office. Yes, there are common law copyrights without filing, but without registering with the U.S. Copyright Office, you cannot enforce your rights in a court of law in America. So why use Trademark Engine to help register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office?
Get your copyright registered in just 3 easy steps using our simple online questionnaire.
Complete our simple questionnaire to begin the registration process. Most people finish in as little as 7 minutes.
We create the official application for you and send it to you online for your review and approval.
When you upload or send us your work, we will file your copyright application with the U.S. Copyright Office.
At Trademark Engine, we can help you copyright your:
of your federal copyright application including a review by the copyright team for accuracy, completeness and common mistakes.
Electronic filing of your application with the U.S Copyright Office with no need to wait for mail or dealing with paper files
that will be mailed to you directly from the U.S. Copyright Office.
A customer-specific form you can further customize if someone is infringing on your copyright.
Custom assignment template. If you need to sell or otherwise convey your copyright, you have access to your pre-filled in template that you can further customize.
of the preparation of your copyright application. Normal processing time is 5 business days in our Basic package.
Support was super helpful & the site was extremely user friendly.
This was extremely easy. I should have filed years ago!
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The individual that provided detailed information was very helpful, which made applying for a Trademark registration very easy. It was nice to talk to a real person about it.
Usually, determining whether something can be copyrighted is easy. Books, movies, songs are copyrightable. Artistic drawings, paintings and photographs are also copyrightable. When you start moving towards more technical works and drawings, it can become a little trickier. Generally speaking, drawings, photographs, and other two-dimensional and three-dimensional expressions that visually depict three-dimensional objects are copyrightable. At the Trademark Engine, we can help you copyright your:
You are granted a copyright in your work the minute you create it by common law. Assuming your work is original and has a basic amount of creativity, you may claim ownership and protection. The problem is without registering, you cannot enforce your rights in a court of law in America. That leads to the question below as to why you should register your mark and not just rely upon your common law rights.
While a trademark protects a word, phrase, symbol and/or design that distinguishes the source of the goods, a patent protects “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof” 35 U.S.C. § 101. Unlike trademarks, which protect a brand name and recognition, a patent protects an invention, including the functionality or design. A patent gives the owner the exclusive right to manufacture products or employ processes covered by the patent for 20 years from the earliest priority date. A trademark, if properly maintained, can last forever. Copyrights, meanwhile, protect artistic works such as books, photographs, arts, movies and music.
Generally speaking, the owner of a copyright has the right to do the following:
When you are investing heavily in a marketing campaign with a slogan, you should consider registering your slogan as well. You can also register short catch phrases or sayings when you are selling them as part of merchandise like shirts or hats. The same rules apply that are applicable to picking your company name. Namely, the slogan should be inherently distinctive and creative or have developed a secondary meaning. In other words, you probably can’t protect “really good pizza” unless that saying has become so famous that most consumers associate it with a certain pizza brand.
In most cases, a copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. If the author of the work died in 2070, then the copyright, in most situations, would last until 2140. For works made for hire, and for anonymous and pseudonymous works, the duration of copyright is 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.