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.
Here are some common examples:
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.
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 : WIPO , July 2017
Countries denoted with a * may require additional measures to properly protect your work.
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.
£ 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.
A 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.
Yes you can, but you do not have to. Omitting this symbol does not affect your legal rights and the level of protection.
By Email: After registering, you can email your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Yes, we use 128 bit SSL data encryption for all data uploaded to our database. See our SSL certificate below
Payment is made using Paypal, using your credit / debit card or even bank account.
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.
There are two ways to view protected work: Simply log into your account and click on 'My Protected Work'.
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.
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.
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
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.
Yes. You should always add the following text somewhere on your work: © 2015 Your Name/Company Name. All Rights Reserved.
Yes. We have a 20 megabyte limit on work that is emailed or uploaded to us. If your work is more than 20 megabytes, try and compress your work (try using zip files). If your work is graphically based, compressing to Jpgs can reduce the size significantly.
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.
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.
The length of time will vary according the type of work. Here is a link that explains how long copyright lasts..
Your work will no longer be protected so please renew each year.
Subscriptions are automatically charged every year to your paypal account. If you cancel this arrangement in your paypal account, or close your paypal account, then your subscription to Protect My Work will not get automatically renewed by Paypal.
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 will be marked for deletion and will no longer be protected by us.