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How do I find international copyright records?

You can find verified certifications by using our safe-search page, simply enter the 'Case File Number' in the search box. Or ask the copyright owner to provide you with a direct link.



How do I contact you?

You can email us at the address below, please be aware that responses may take a while.




What exactly does the Copyright Society do?

Due to the nature of International Copyright Law, many nations have domestic copyright registration available, but many don't.

In addition, there is an increasing need to have some form of record that proves copyright ownership internationally, the global reach of the Internet is the main reason for this.

We provide resources to both learn about copyright law and register copyright ownership online, regardless of which country you reside in.

You should be aware that we don't certify all claims that we receive — in the past 5 years we have rejected 41% of applications due to our certification rules and anti-fraud investigative processes.

To have a chance of being certified, we require specific legal documents (affidavits) from both the claimant and the claimant's legal agent.

We will conduct a forensic investigation into each application for registration. This involves multiple checks on the claimant's identity and their submitted work/s.

Certifications are only granted for those cases proven legitimate, beyond any reasonable doubt.

We advise you to think carefully before applying, it is a serious and often time consuming process. It can take approximately 4-10 weeks to go through each application and confirm or deny certification.



Which legal documents do I need to submit to be considered for certification?

As you go through the application process, you will be asked for several legal documents and identifying information that we use to check whether you are the legitimate copyright owner or not.

We are currently adding more requirements to the application process, but you will definitely need to provide a written affidavit, in which you (the claimant) legally swear, under penalty of perjury, that you are the legitimate copyright owner of claimed work/s.

We also require another affidavit from your legal agent, whereby they vouch for your claim, again stating on the record, under penalty of perjury, that you (the claimant) are the legitimate copyright owner of claimed work/s.

In some cases, a scanned copy of your official identification documents may be required. If you have any further questions on the legal requirements for each application, you can email us.



I thought that copyright was automatically granted when I create something, is this true?

Yes, copyright exists the moment something is created, according to international copyright law.



If copyright exists the moment something is created, then why should I bother registering my copyright?

You don't need to register to be the copyright owner, however it's probably a good idea to register if you need to prove that you are the copyright owner to an individual, company or organisation that requires proof.

There is an unfortunate rise of fake copyright claims online, so getting certified as the legitimate copyright owner can be an effective way to prevent others from claiming that they own the copyright to your work/s and damaging your business.

Infringement Data

Approximately 375,000 jobs are lost each year due to internet piracy. This number is USA only, the amount of job losses worldwide is much higher.

We estimate that around $50 billion is lost globally each year, with $26 billion lost to the USA economy.

Although we estimate that there are approximately 2 million piracy sites (including mirror sites) online today, the most profitable of them make their money from promoting large online gambling platforms and sharing a percentage of users gambling losses. Many experts consider these gambling companies to be entirely criminal in nature, while others say they are partly legitimate and just have no problem accepting traffic from any type of website, even if it's a piracy site. As piracy sites often attract millions of daily visitors, some gambling platforms take advantage of this traffic to drive revenue.

According to numerous experts, 24% of the internet is used to download illegal content. However that number is likely to have grown significantly, because the last accurate study was conducted in 2011. Since then, both the amount of people with access to the internet and the average speed of internet have increased significantly. The large percentage of internet use may be driven by social perspective, with 70% of Americans and Spanish citizens believing that using illegitimate music or movie streaming sites is completely legal.

High speed internet has made many physical products, such as paper books, CD's and DVD's almost redundant. With most formats now accessible as purely digital files. Everything from software to images and high-definition video can be downloaded in a few minutes (depending on internet speed). This ease of access and speed of delivery make physical products seem impractical, additionally, when the products people want can be accessed quickly without paying, it becomes a difficult problem for content creators to stop. Increasing internet speed in particular, is the key contributing factor to video and software piracy, because these formats typically have larger file sizes than image and audio files. Music is most often accessible in small digital files, which allowed music piracy to spread even in the slow 'dial-up' era of the internet. In the future, internet speed will continue to increase, making even larger files quicker to download.

The majority of internet piracy is done by torrenting. Torrents allow users to share files between each others devices (peer-to-peer / P2P). Torrenting websites don't typically store infringing files on their servers, instead they simply index each users list of files which are copied from computer to computer. Torrenting has become extremely popular, with hundreds of millions of visitors regularly using torrent indexing sites to access digital files for free each week.

Cyber lockers can be described as free or paid services which allow internet users to download files from cyber locker servers. Popular cyber lockers offer access to small size files for free, but charge a monthly fee to users who want to download large files as quickly as possible.




Copyright Education


Copyright Explained Simply

Understanding The Reality Of Copyright As A Digital Creator

Looking At Copyright Online

Copyright Infringement Overview

The Facts Show That Piracy Existed From The Start Of The Internet

Examining The State Of Current Piracy

What To Expect In The Future




FAQ

Common misconceptions about what copyright can protect..

Trademark is often thought of as being the same as copyright, but there are some important differences..

Patents are not the same as copyright, there are several key differences..

Unfortunately the "poor man's copyright method" is not a valid substitute for copyright registration, it is the process of sending yourself your own creation/s through the mail.

Even though copyright exists at the moment of creation, the value of registering is being able to prove ownership..

The original authorship and expression of works appearing on a website may be protected by copyright, but not the website itself..

No, copyright law does not cover domain names alone, but copyright protected works can be located on a website of your choice if you own the copyright..

Logo's may be eligible for copyright registration and potentially trademark as well. Copyright law doesn't cover slogans, in some cases they may qualify for trademark registration..

Studies reveal that 7 out of 10 people in America think piracy based activity is legal, selling pirated products may be part of this. We encourage all rights owners to take appropriate action against infringements..

During the Covid-19 pandemic, piracy did increase. It's likely that if more pandemics occur in future that it will rise as well, due to the increase in the number of people using the internet from home..

You can try to contact us if you feel that your application was denied unfairly, however there is no guarantee that we will certify you..



Copyright Topics




Piracy spikes during Covid-19 pandemic, future lock-downs could add further damage..

Creatives are honoured by US Institution..

Pirates have attempted to change perception on the right to sell 'backup copies' of digital files..

To find copyright records enter the 'Case File Number' in the search box. Or ask the copyright owner to provide you with a direct link. Our records contain personal information about verified copyright owners — out of respect and privacy concerns, we put some restrictions on open access to prevent scraping and other data harvesting activities..

Regulations & Admin




Administrative reports annually..

Possible updates to MMA TP..

Copyright Office reports on technology..

Abuse of our staff will not be tolerated..

You should always ask the copyright owner for permission before proceeding..

Principles & Standards




The application process can be difficult, but in the interests of preventing fraud, we will continue to stringently check each application, in addition to requiring sworn legal affidavits from each claimant & their legal agent..

Your data is kept safe under our 'safe-search' policy, the data required to apply is analysed and only the essential data points are included on your certificate..

Signed, sworn affidavits strengthen the right to copyright ownership because they ensure the claimant is accountable under the law to provide complete and accurate statements on the record..




A Closer Look

Open discussion on the potential for A.I in the copyright world..

World Intellectual Property Day Lecture

Online video learning platforms under growing threat from piracy..



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