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Most Common Questions Answered

 
How It Works
 
How to Protect My Work
 
What Can I Protect?
 
What Are Tokens? (Please note : we now allow up to 50MB per token, not 20MB)
 
Can I Protect My Trading Name and Logo?
 
Can I Protect My Product Design?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is protect my work?
Protect My Work has been developed in order to enable individuals and organisations to protect their work from being unlawfully used. By registering your work with us, it will act as a deterrent to others who may be tempted to use your work without permission.
What kind of original work is protected by copyright law?

Here are some common examples:

  • Literary, dramatic, musicals and artistic work, including books, plays, poems, design, illustration & photography, logos, & training courses.
  • Original non-literary written work, for example software, web page content, design and databases
  • Sound/music, lyrics, songs, film, TV, & broadcasts
How copyright law protect your work?
Copyright prevents other people & companies from making a copy of it, adding it to a website, distributing it on any other media (whether for money or free), performing it, showing or playing your work in public and changing it.
How long does your legal copyright last (UK)?

Music & Sound recordings : 70 years from the date it was originally published
Written, dramatic, musical & artistic works : 70 years from the death of the author
Films : 70 years from the death of the director, screenplay author and composer
Broadcasts : 50 years from the date of original broadcast
Layout of published editions of written, dramatic or musical works : 25 years from the date it was originally published

source: https://www.gov.uk/copyright

Which countries should respect our protection in International Copyright Law (Berne Convention: International Treaty Contracting Parties)
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
 
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
 
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Canada *
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
 
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
 
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
 
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
 
Fiji
Finland
France
 
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
 
Haiti
Holy See
Honduras
Hungary
 
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland (ROI)
Israel
Italy
 
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
 
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
 
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
 
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Mali
Malta
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
 
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Norway
 
Oman
 
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
 
Qatar
 
Republic of Korea
Republic of Moldova
 
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
 
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
 
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syrian Arab Republic
 
Tajikistan
Thailand
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
 
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America *
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
 
Vanuatu
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Source : WIPO , July 2017

Countries denoted with a * may require additional measures to properly protect your work.

After registering, I have not received my password from you by email?
Please check your email SPAM or Junk folder for missing emails, as sometimes emails get put there by mistake by your email provider. Hotmail and Outlook.com junk just about everything, so we advise you do not use these email addresses if you can help it. Gmail email addresses we find are the most reliable, and have a sensible junk policy.
How much does it cost?

£ 29.99 per year subscription fee.

A £ 1 token is required for each piece of work submitted thereafter.

Note: Total size of files must be less than 50MB in each £ 1 token you use.

What is a certificate token
A certificate token is simply a group of files that you upload to us that we date stamp and certify for you. 1 token = 1 digital certificate. Once used, each token gets assigned a unique reference number & password by our system. Work files and certificate data can NEVER be changed or edited in any way after use , as this would invalidate our fixed date stamp. Work can of course be deleted, along with that token at any time by you, but the token is not re-usable after deleting it. More tokens cost just £1 each and you can buy more instantly online through our site at any time.
Can I use the copyright symbol (©) on my original work?
Yes you can, but you do not have to. Omitting this symbol does not affect your legal rights and the level of protection.
How do I submit my work?

By Email: After registering, you can email your work to protect@protectmywork.com

By Uploading: You can also submit your work by logging into the members area and uploading to our secure server vault from the Upload New Work page.

What kind of computer files can I protect?

You can protect any type of digital file with Protect My Work. Any file format can be emailed or uploaded to our secure vault. For example: .doc, .jpg .gif .bmp .png .psd .xls, mp3, .mov, txt, the list goes on. The only file that cannot be submitted is an .exe.

Avoid using apostrophes ( ' ) or speech marks ( " ) in the file names of the files you send us as these characters can interfere with the website code.

Should I submit only my final piece of work or all connected material?
It is to your benefit to upload all connected material, not just the final version of your work. (i.e., previous designs, documents outlining an idea etc.). This can be very useful evidence should you have to prove you are the author.
Does ProtectMyWork.com use SSL (Secure Socket Layer)?

Yes, we use 128 bit SSL data encryption for all data uploaded to our database. See our SSL certificate below

How do I pay?

Payment is made using Paypal, using your credit / debit card or even bank account.

How will my clients know my work is protected by you?

1. By adding either of the following warnings graphic to your work. If you would like to download these from our member are, please login here

2. Or email the work to your client and 'Cc' us.

How can I view work I have submitted to Protect My Work.com?

There are two ways to view protected work: Simply log into your account and click on 'My Protected Work'.

or

Enter the unique username and password for that protected work on the Search Protected Work page. You will receive this when you have confirmed registration of your work with us.

Can a third party view my work online at Protect My Work.com?
Yes, BUT ONLY if the unique username and password is entered correctly on the Search Protected Work page. Only people that you give these details to will be able to view that piece of work.
Can I send a notice to my client stating that I have submitted the work attached in an email to Protect My Work?

Yes, if Third Party Notification set to 'Yes' (see tick box in Account Details in our login area), and you send your work by email to us at protect@protectmywork in the TO field, with a CCed recipient your email , we will then send a registration notice to the person you CCed the your email . This ensures that person is aware your work is protected and can login to see the work and the certificate. This service is free of charge.

The text of email text that we send to your CC recipient is as follows:

This email to inform you that the files you received from YOUR NAME at YOUREMAILADDRESS, have been protected by ProtectMyWork.com. If you would like to view the protected work, please go to http://www.protectmywork.com and enter the following information into the "Search Protected Work" page: Reference Number: xxxxxxxx Password: xxxxxxx

What should I do if my work is stolen?
Approach the client and let them know that the work was registered with Protect My Work. If they refuse to stop using the work, you can threaten legal action to recover damages and share of their profits using your submission to Protect My Work as evidence of ownership and copyright infringement.
Can I do anything else to protect my work?
Yes. You should always add the following text somewhere on your work e.g. : © 2018 Your Name/Company Name. All Rights Reserved.
Is there a size limit on the work I can email?
Yes. We have a 50 megabyte limit on work that is emailed or uploaded to us. If your work is more than 50 megabytes, try and compress your work (try using zip files). If your work is graphically based, compressing to Jpgs can reduce the size significantly.
How can I compress my music files to an mp3?
There are many software programs on the Internet that will convert your sound files to mp3. Some are free like FreeRip which offers basic conversion to mp3, and there are other more sophisticated software programs available for a small fee, many of which can be found using Google.
Does anyone at ProtectMyWork.com ever view my work?
No. Your files are submitted to us and remain confidential. No one at Protect My Work will open files unless asked to do so by you.
How long does copyright last legally?
The length of time will vary according the type of work. Here is a link that explains how long copyright lasts..
What happens if my subscription to your site expires?

Your work will no longer be protected so please do renew each year.

Subscriptions are automatically charged every year to your paypal account or credit/debit card. If you cancel this renewal, then your subscription to Protect My Work will not get automatically renewed.

If you find your account does expire, you can simply Login and you will be given the option to pay for a renewal.

You have up to 30 days after expiration to renew the account, after this your files and date stamped certificates will be marked for deletion and so no longer be protected by us.

Why do we charge an annual subscription fee?

This is because we keep your certificates and files online, so the copyright evidence is there immediately when you need it, e.g in the case of a copyright dispute.

Going forward we have company management, maintenance and storage costs , so in order that we can be around for your life + another 70 years, we do charge a small annual subscription fee of £29.99, which we hope won't break the bank for most subscribers. This enables us to be around when you most need us.

Some other companies take a high up front fee and then spend it. A company called 'Duly Noted' that did exactly this, and of course, they recently they went bust because they ran out of money, and everyone who had files with them, lost their evidence.

We have been trading successfully since 2004 , and have many thousands of happy subscribers, so we know our business model works well, and we are built for longevity.