SHORT ANSWER: Give your work more validity, power in court, and makes it easier to promote.
Did you know that, as the original creator of a work, you already have rights to your work without a formal copyright?
So, if you automatically get rights to your work, what's the point of registering a copyright?
Validity: Registering your work with the Library of Congress validates your work in a way that few other things can. It shows that you take your work seriously, and makes it easier for you to sell your work as a professional, not an amateur.
Power In Court: Having a copyright gives to a TON more power in court should you either:
A) have someone infringe on your copyright and you have to sue them, or
B) even worse, have someone else claim they were the original creator and try to sue you.
By creating a copyright, you can establish a date of creation and prove that you created your work before the other party.
You also qualify for statutory damages in a court of law (meaning you can receive a lot more money should someone infringe on your copyright).
Promoted through Public Record: When you file a copyright, the U.S. Library of Congress also keeps and promotes a record of your copyright for everyone else to see.
This increases the amount of people who will be able to learn about your work and makes it easier for people to discover you.
License Your Work: Copyrights also makes licensing your work a lot easier. By having a copyright registration number, you can more easily define what material you are licensing.
It used to be that, if you wanted a copyright to protect your intellectual property, your options were pretty costly:
1) Hire an attorney and spend around $400-$1000 to get them to draft and file it for you,
2) Spend thousands of dollars to go through the training to learn how to file it yourself,
3) Try to file a copyright yourself, without any guidance/education, and waste hundreds of dollars on rejections, or
4) Go without a copyright at all and simply HOPE that no one would infringe on your unprotected work.
But hey, that's just the price of running a business, right?
Maybe in the past...
...until we decided to do things a better way!
We created a step-by-step system that teaches you exactly what you need to know. No unnecessary legal jargon, no dictionary required.
Simply go through the steps that explain what you need to do in order to prepare to file your copyright, and work alongside the videos to get your copyright application started, completed, and filed in less than a day!
With the SNAP Legal, you can get your copyright finished fast!
You get all this without the crazy cost you might expect. Because we don't have to charge you for attorney's time, we pass those savings directly on to you!
Rather than spending upwards of $1000 on a copyright, you can DIY it with SNAP Legal for just $99 + filing fees!
So why should you choose SNAP Legal?
Because it offers an option that is robust, affordable, and done in a snap!
1) Step-by-Step DIY Instructions
You will be guided through 7 different phases of creating a copyright. You will be shown exclusive videos that explain the process, legal jargon, and important steps in an easy to understand manner. You will follow the instructions on the video and fill out a simple form at each step which will allow us to guide you through your specific copyright needs. This will allow us to present the info in a clear and precise manner when you go to file. This step should take about 15-30 minutes to complete.
You have the choice to either pay using our payment portal, or we can immediately send you a 99 dollar invoice from FreshBooks to the email address that you provided. There are zero penalties if you want to wait to pay it. So, if you'd like to get your copyright later, you can still fill out the form now & pay whenever you want to start, whether that's 1 day, 1 week, or 1 year from now!
3) We Guide You Through Registration
Once you pay the invoice, we will send you an email with all of the information you need to file with the Library of Congress conveniently packaged for you to simply copy & paste, along with the links you need to get started & a video tutorial showing you EXACTLY where to paste everything you need. This step should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
4) Now You're Protected!
Your copyright application is now complete! The Library of Congress will process it in the order that it received it, so it may take up to a few weeks for your copyright application to be accepted or rejected.
Copyright that are crafted from scratch by attorneys typically run upwards of $1000 but they can be worth a LOT more.
The worth of a copyright depends on the worth of the intellectual property that it protects.
A copyright that protects a book that you plan on selling to feed your family can be worth everything. It protects artists & creatives from losing their business's image to a competitor and losing out on everything you worked so hard to create.
So, how much is a copyright worth to you?
It depends on how much your art & hard work is worth to you.
DIY-ing a copyright with SNAP Legal costs $99. You have the option to hire an attorney help later on in the process for small additional fees, but those are optional.
If you write, draw, design, sculpt... or do ANYTHING to CREATE, then copyrights are primarily for you.
If you are proud of your work & want to share it with the world (without the world stealing it from you), then a copyright will help you stay protected.
A copyright empowers you to take legal action against anyone that tries to steal your work.
If you have already had someone try to steal your work, but you don't already have a formal copyright, you can actually still get protected.
If you are preparing to take someone to court, you actually qualify for expedited processing with the Library of Congress!
So don't let those copycats take advantage of you!
Get a copyright now.
SNAP Legal isn't for everyone. If you are looking for a higher-end, personalized copyright that was crafted by an experienced attorney, SNAP Legal won't give that to you. An attorney will.
Compare the differences using the chart below:
As a business owner, there are a TON of different balls you need to juggle. We get it. Protecting your intellectual property can be complex, vague, and daunting.
So, whether you are in the beginning steps of starting your business or making sure you didn't miss anything along the way, we've compiled a legal checklist of things you need to do to protect your business, intellectual property, and other assets. Your business may not need every single thing on this list, but it DEFINITELY needs to at least consider each and every one.
SNAP Legal & Miller IP Law offer solutions to many of these and we are working to continually create more solutions for leaders and forward-thinkers.
Be sure to Form an LLC
Open a Business Bank Account
Federal Licenses & Permits (for certain industries)
Purchase an Insurance Policy
Create Legal Meeting Minutes Documents
Create Company Bylaws (Corporations)
Draft a Partnership Agreement & Buy/Sell Agreement
Create Legal Meeting Minute Documents
Draft a CIAA (for employees)
Create Independent Contractor Agreements
Create Employment Offer Letters
Create Employment Contracts
Create An Employee Handbook
Create Employee Evaluations & Employee Warning Letters
DISCLAIMER: SNAP NDA is NOT a state-specific NDA. Most of our clients don't require a state-specific NDA, but if you do, you may need to seek out the counsel of an attorney practicing within your state.
SNAP Legal, SNAP Legal NDA, and SNAP NDA are all intellectual property of Miller IP Law.