Creating unique content for your brand takes a lot of time and effort -whether it’s marketing videos, photos for your website, or even writing books.
After you’ve worked so hard to create your content, the last thing you’d want is for someone to come along and copy your content. The best way to avoid this is by filing for copyright protection for your work.
While the process is applying for a copyright is not complex, most people often wonder “How can I avoid shelling out a lot of money while applying for a copyright?” After all, every penny counts when crafting content as a small brand.
Well, in this article we will share with you the three cheapest ways you can use to apply for a copyright. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each method and finally give you our preferred method.
So let’s dive right in.
The cheapest way to get a copyright
1. Filing for the copyright yourself on the US copyright website
The cheapest way to get a copyright is to visit the US copyright website and apply for the copyright yourself. You will fill out the online form, pay the filing fee and submit your copyrighted work on the platform.
However, if you’ve tried this you might notice that the process is not always as straightforward as it may seem. It’s very easy to mess up, especially when doing it for the first time. And if you end up messing up your might have to spend more fixing errors or end up with copyright that does not fully protect your content.
2. Using DIY legal services
The second option is trying out DIY legal services.
At Millar IP we offer DIY legal services to help you out in the application process. By paying a small fee you can access our detailed guide in form of video tutorials that will walk you through the registration process and equip you with the information you need to fill out the forms.
With DIY legal services, you’ll get a much better idea of what is needed and dos and don’ts when making your application.
While this is certainly an inexpensive option, you will not get personalized services to help you deal with unique situations or unexpected problems that may arise when applying for your copyright.
If you’ll need professional assistance you’ll have to hire a patent attorney -which takes us to our last point;
3. Getting a solo attorney or an attorney from a small law firm
If you are copyrighting really important content, consider using a small law firm or a solo attorney. Attorneys at big law firms often charge high prices while still offering the same legal services you'd get at a small law firm. This is because small firms are always running learn, and thus they can afford to charge way less than what attorneys at large firms charge.
It’s always better to have someone who’s experienced in IP issues when filing for copyrights for your brand. While it’s not hard to do it yourself, there are some legal technicalities that can make the process seem a bit obscure.
At Millar IP Law we are dedicated to helping you protect your creative work on through our competitive legal services. If you have any questions about the copyright registration process or the U.S Copyright Office, reach out to us and we will be glad to help you out.
Got a question about IP and patent law? Reach out to us here at Millar IP Law and we’ll be happy to help you out!
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