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Old January 2nd, 2010, 04:37 AM   #1
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Copyrighting a film at Library of Congress

Would any filmmakers here who've copyrighted a video or film themselves (as opposed to hiring an IP attorney) at the Library of Congress like to share whether they found the process relatively straightforward? Also, has anyone used the expedited process for doing this?
(it will not be construed as legal advice, evidence of client-attorney privilege, etc. etc. etc.)
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 09:10 AM   #2
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It's really fairly easy. Go to the Library of Congress website, fill out the online form, send in 2 copies of your work and pay your $35. If there are problems with your application you'll get an email from the LOC and then you can solve the issue. You'll receive an official document from the LOC recognizing your copyright. Easy. I've used this process for all my programs.

You don't need an attorney to do this. BTW the act of creation creates copyright, registering solidifies your rights.
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Thanks Rick, much appreciated!
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 12:14 AM   #4
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BTW the act of creation creates copyright, registering solidifies your rights.
I think it's a very important practical distinction; my understanding is that LOC copyrighting is required to claim statutory damages and the lawyers fees back, presumably making it far more easy to get a lawyer involved in a clear-cut case of copyright infringement for those of us who don't have lawyers on retainers.
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 07:36 AM   #5
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Yes, it's a good idea to register your copyright for the reasons you mentioned. Rick was just pointing out that your copyright exists whether you register it or not and that the registration process is simple enough to DIY without a lawyer's assistance.
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