A Poor Man’s Copyright used to be a popular way to protect your own work. However, it doesn’t offer the protection you need like registering for an official copyright does. Before registering for a copyright, always discuss the process and your options with a skilled patent attorney Arizona.

What is a Copyright?

A copyright gives someone exclusive rights to copy creative work. To get a copyright, you must establish ownership of the work to the United States Copyright Office.

What is a Poor Man’s Copyright?

A Poor Man’s Copyright is the idea of drafting your work (a novel, poem, etc.) and sending a copy of it to yourself. With the date that the work was established and the date it was mailed, many thought this was good enough to prove the authenticity of their work.

On January 1st, 1978 the Copyright Legislation was passed. This is where if you draft your own novel, it is already copyrighted in some way and is recognized as your own work legally. However, if you are looking to receive any damages for someone stealing your work, you need to officially register your work for a copyright to bring any cases to court. This means if someone is violating your copyright, you have to be registered with the United States Copyright Office to even have a case.

A Poor Man’s Copyright might have been beneficial back in the day, but since it is easy to tamper with, it is ineffective nowadays. Just like with a patent, it isn’t the first to invent, it is the first to file for a patent who will receive the protection. The new and updated laws have changed things and the effectiveness of a Poor Man’s Copyright.

The only way to really receive protection for any intellectual property is to officially register for a copyright or apply for a patent or trademark. You can always receive guidance and advice on how to do this with a knowledgeable patent attorney Phoenix.

Parsons & Goltry Law Firm

Parsons & Goltry Law Firm offers an experienced and skilled law team that can provide you advice and legal insight on all things dealing with intellectual properties. They can provide thorough and effective copyright representation for any copyright issues along with patent and trademark issues.