Copyright and Trademark Compilation of Your WordPress Website

The copyright and trademark office in the United States recognizes that every article, image or record in print or on a digital media has its own unique identifier. This is called a Copyright or Trademark Number (often abbreviated to TM Number). You need to protect your copyright and trademark by registering them with the Copyright and Trademark office in your state or country. If you don’t have a copyright or trademark registration number, then you have nothing to protect. This can be a bit tedious but it’s essential to ensure that your hard work is protected.

The first step is to identify the original works that you’ve created. You can do this by looking through the archives of your blog or website. You’ll notice that each article, video or podcast has its own unique Copyright or Trademark Number. These are the items that you need to register with the Copyright and Trademark Office in your state or country. If you’ve written a novel, you need to register it separately. This can be a bit time consuming but it’s a necessary step to take before you can publish your work or make money from the work that you’ve created.

How Do I Register My Copyright?

The first step to registering your copyright is to find the copyright department in your state or country. In the U.S., this is the Copyright Agency. You can find their website here. On their website, you’ll find a list of all the copyright agents in your state. Click on your state and you’ll be taken to a page where you can easily search for a specific agent.

Once you’ve found the agency, you can click on the “Find Copyright Registrations” button and see a list of copyright registrations that apply to your state. You can narrow your search by choosing a specific date or by looking for registrations that were filed under a particular category.

What If I Don’t Want To Publish My Work Online?

Even if you don’t want to publish your work online, you must register your copyright. Why? Because even if you don’t want to reveal the details of your work to the public, you must identify your work by some form of identification (e.g., copyright, trademark, publisher). Otherwise, you shouldn’t be able to prove that you own the work and no one can prove that you don’t. If you don’t register your copyright, then you can’t protect yourself against illegal copying or using of your work without permission.

What If I Don’t Want To Register My Trademark?

Even if you don’t want to register your trademark, you must still do so. Why? Because without a registered trademark, you have no legal recourse if someone uses your trademark in a way that conflicts with your (registered) ownership of the mark. Once you’ve registered your trademark, you can request that the owner refrain from using the mark in certain ways, or you can sue for damages. It’s usually best to register your trademark even if you don’t intend to use it.

What If I Don’t Know How To Register My Trademark?

If you don’t know how to register your trademark, then you need to seek help from a professional. The cost of getting a trademark registered may be more than you’re willing to spend. Don’t worry, though! There are many other ways to protect your work that don’t involve paying thousands of dollars in legal fees. Before you begin publishing your work, you’ll need to look into all the legalities pertaining to it. There are plenty of resources online that can help guide you through the process. Simply search for your state’s trademark office and follow the instructions.

What Is A DMCA Notice?

If you’re reading this and you’re wondering what a DMCA notice is, then you’re in the right place. A DMCA Notice sets out a specific complaint that you’re making against someone, and it’s designed to work alongside the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The DMCA requires that service providers (e.g., web hosts) remove copyrighted material from their sites when presented with a valid DMCA Notice. The basic idea is to give copyright holders the ability to report violations of their copyrights and have the infringing content removed from public view. You can read more about how to send a DMCA notice┬áhere

Can I Register My Copyright Or Trademark In The U.S.?

Yes, you can register your copyright or trademark in the U.S. To do so, you must first determine if the work is an original work of authorship and that you own the rights to it. If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you can register your work with the Copyright and Trademark office in your state. You can find a list of state copyright and trademark agencies here.

The Benefits Of Registration

Once you’ve registered your copyright or trademark in your state, you’ll receive a statement from the agency that you can use to prove that you own the work in question. The statement will include the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your birthdate
  • The name of the person you’re registering the copyright or trademark for
  • The category of your work (e.g., literature, art)
  • The state or country where you live
  • Your social security number

This information will be included on a Certificate of Registration (Form TX) that you can add to your website. This is a legal document that proves that you are the owner of the work and that you’re registering it with the proper agency in your state. You can provide this document to potential employers or lenders if needed. It also provides you with some peace of mind in knowing that you’re legally able to protect your work.

How Do I Correctly Use And Register My Copyright Or Trademark?

It’s important to properly use and register your copyright or trademark if you want to keep the benefits offered by the agency. To do so, you first need to determine if the work is original and you own the rights to it. If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you can use the copyright or trademark registration form available on the agency’s website. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully so that you don’t end up having to start all over again.

How Do I Determine My Copyright Or Trademark Amount?

Each state’s copyright and trademark agency is different as to how they calculate the costs associated with registering a copyright or trademark. Typically, this will be based on the following factors:

  • The number of registered works
  • The portion of your works that are original (versus copied or paraphrased from other works)
  • The term of the copyright or trademark
  • The category of your work (e.g., literature, art)
  • How old your work is
  • Whether you’re applying for a renewal or not

As a general rule of thumb, you can calculate how much your state’s copyright and trademark agency will charge you for the following:

  • One (1) work
  • Renewal fee for an existing work
  • The first year (12 months) after your work’s initial registration
  • A $1,000 bond to guarantee that you’ll follow the rules and pay the annual fee

If you have more than one work, then you’ll need to register them all with the agency in your state. It’s also a good idea to register your work with the agency in the state where you live for maximum protection. In the U.S., you can find the proper state agency for copyright matters here and the proper state agency for trademark matters here.