It is just plain and simple. We won't break the law. For anything or anyone. If you have something that holds a copyright on it, we will decline to copy the project. You must provide copyright release from the original creator or publisher. This is possible to do by simply writing a letter to the author with your intent, and they will respond either with a royalty fee request or with blessings. You will be required to provide us a copy with permissions (along with proof of payment), and this will be kept on file.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. Copyright refers to the author's or creators of all sorts such as writers, artists, photographers, film producers, composers, and programmers, exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, and publicly perform and display their works. These rights may be transferred or assigned in whole or in part in writing by the author. The U.S. Copyright Act gets its authority from Article 1, Section 8, cl. 8 of the U.S. Constitution.
What is “fair use”?
Fair use is an exception to the exclusive protection of copyright under American law. It permits certain limited uses without permission from the author or owner. Depending on the circumstances, copying may be considered “fair” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research.
To determine whether a specific use under one of these categories is “fair,” courts are required to consider the following factors:
In the United States and most other countries, a work is automatically protected as soon as it is created. It is not required that you register your work or even provide a notice. So why “waste” your time and money registering for something you already have? There are some very compelling reasons…
Click Here for more information on how to copyright your work.
A notice is a simple and free way to post notification that your work is under copyright protection. In a lawsuit litigation this notice will keep an infringer from claiming “innocent infringement.” Innocent infringement simply means the infringer had no reason to believe their acts constituted infringement. Whether you register or not, this notice should be on all of your published work.
A proper notice consists of three things:
(We suggest filling in the application online, it is faster and cheaper, around $35, and takes only nine months.)
Download form “TX” from the Library of Congress website at:
Print form on white, letter-sized paper. Fill in form completely, typing or using black ink pen. Send in to Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington DC 20559-6000.
Your registration becomes effective on the day that the copyright office receives your application, payment, and copies. If your application is in order, you will receive a certificate of registration within 22 months.