Creating blog content requires a lot of effort and creativity. It’s important to protect your work from unauthorized republishing. While the U.S. Copyright Act offers some federal protection, copyright registration is necessary in order to enforce your rights in court. Without copyright registration, you cannot ask the courts to stop an infringer or obtain damages from a copyright infringement lawsuit. If you want to prevent infringement of your content, these tips may help safeguard your legal rights.
Copyright is an intellectual property right that grants the creator of a work exclusive ownership over their work, including the rights to reproduce, distribute, perform, and create derivative works. A copyright owner can also transfer any of these rights or give permission to others to use the work.
While copyright protection is automatic once your blog content is published, copyright registration is not, and neither is the ability to enforce your rights. Registering your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office offers several benefits; importantly, it enables you to file a claim of copyright infringement in court.
You can register your blog’s copyright in its entirety, but this registration only covers the content present at the time of registration. To ensure that all your published work, present and future, is fully protected, you will need to continue to register new content on a rolling basis.
There are three options for registering your ongoing work:
While you can put off registration, it is recommended to register all of your work to ensure you can enforce your rights. If you choose not to register, there are still ways to protect your work and deter infringers. These include adding a reposting policy statement on each page or creating a separate page with a reposting policy statement, adding watermarks to visual content, signing up for a Creative Commons License, and issuing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice if you meet the DMCA requirements.
In conclusion, protecting your content by registering your copyright is crucial. If you believe someone has stolen your content, contact a lawyer to guide you on the steps to take to enforce your rights.