While copyrighted material enjoys legal protection in the United States with or without formnl registration, copyright holders should carefully consider formally registering financially valuable material with the US Copyright Office.
Copyright applications usually take 4-6 months, but can take longer depending on the type of work. Similar to a trademark application, the applicant is protected as of the date you complete your application, as soon as the registration issues.
- Access who is the author and who owns the copyright in the work
- Assess whether the work contains third party materials
- Employment and independent contractor agreements
- Asserting copyrights and acknowledging rights of others