A good understanding of registering your copyright helps podcasters determine whether to file for federal registration at the U.S. Copyright Office. Richard Stim, Attorney, explains how registration can help in the event of a dispute, and the costs and procedures for filing an online application with the electronic Copyright Office (eCO).
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- [Voiceover] Copyright Registration.…I've discussed copyright and fair use in earlier videos…and in this video, I'll focus on copyright registration.…Registration is not required to get a copyright.…You get a copyright automatically if your…podcast is original and fixed.…Original means that the podcast and its contents…were not copied from another source.…A podcast is fixed once it is recorded.…Registration is only required if you want…to file a lawsuit again someone…for ripping off your podcast.…
Even though it's not required, registration can help.…Registration tells the world you've staked…a copyright claim to your podcast.…Once you register your podcast, it is indexed…in the copyright office's records,…much like a land deed is filed…at a county recorder's office.…Also, if you've run into a dispute over your podcast,…registration provides a strategic financial bonus…provided that you timely register.…Timely registration means that you registered…your podcast before it was infringed…or within three months of the podcast's publication.…
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- Choosing the right name for your podcast
- Using music and interviews in a podcast
- Understanding government regulations
- Responding to complaints
- Generating podcast income
- Registering podcast trademarks and copyrights