Copyright songs, photos, designs, websites or any creative works!
Protect My Work is a UK based user-friendly and affordable solution to protect against copyright theft of anything creative, whether you want to copyright protect songs, music, graphic designs or even a whole website. Creatives can register their work at any development stage e.g before pitching the idea, emailing the demo/prototype to a client or publishing to the public domain.
Using our simple email system, we record details such as the sender, receiver, the time and date the work was submitted ensuring that all work is logged and credited to its rightful owner while backing up and securing all data. After subscribing , all you have to do is attach the work to an email and email it to us. It couldn't be quicker or simpler.
Once an author has submitted their work, the date of submission cannot be altered and is therefore an extremely reliable source to prove the originality of the orignal work. Work submitted to Protect My Work is NEVER opened or looked at by our staff. Our automated system receives the work and stores it on our secure servers.
By subscribing to our site, you will be entitled to use our logo on your work. This is designed to warn off potential copyright thieves and is a very effective deterrent from copyright infringement . Your work has been witnessed by us and you are sending a clear message that you are serious about pro-actively protecting your legal rights.
We are proud to say we have been providing an effective copyright deterrent for our customers since 2004.
Protect My Work or THE poor man's copyright?
WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU
With the worldwide use of websites, giving people access to everything from photos to music to designs, it is not surprising that copyright breaches are becoming more widespread. In response to these violations, some lawyers have suggested a 'simple' solution to protecting your work and propose that posting yourself a copy of the work, also called the 'poor man's copyright', provides enough proof of the original author.
However, how does someone print and post a song or piece of music, or the entire code for a web site? If stored hard copies are an author's only proof of ownership, what happens if the documents are misplaced or damaged? Many designers, artists and writers find themselves with many pieces of design work each month. Are they to be posted and stored indefinitely? 10 years? 20 years? 50 years?
Copyright law across the world, states that you must prove you are the original author of a piece of work. Should anyone copy your intellectual property you will have to prove in court that you are the original author and the ideas of the work are original. The easiest way to do this is to keep draft versions of the work. A court can then see the different development stages of the work and be sure the work was original. The 'poor man's' copyright system could prove to be difficult for a writer who has to continuously post themselves draft versions of their book and then find somewhere to store them!
COPYRIGHT PROTECTION FOR YOUR COMPUTER FILES
You can protect any type of digital file with Protect My Work. Any file format can be emailed or uploaded to our system. For example: .doc, .jpg .gif .bmp .png .psd .xls, mp3, the list goes on. The only file that cannot be submitted is an .exe.
Copyright for music, songs, lyrics, design work, product design ideas, illustrations, business plans, music, photographs, poems, scripts, even whole websites can be recorded if the files are emailed us.
WHAT WILL PROTECT MY WORK DO IF MY WORK IS COPIED?
If your work is used without permission and registered with us, we can provide you with valuable evidence should your case go to court. Protect My Work will provide you with an affidavit. An affidavit is a written, sworn statement that is acknowledged and endorsed in front of a Notary Public. An affidavit may be used in place of oral testimony in court.
Proof of authorship using the Internet helps avoid printing reams of paper (environmentally friendly!) and is more time efficient. If we were to print and post each design and intellectual property item to ourselves we would be spending too much time, and energy on printing, purchasing stamps, stuffing envelopes and then trying to find somewhere to store all these sealed envelopes!