If you want the best possible copyright protection at an affordable price, it's not a good idea to just choose the cheapest option available.
There are other factors to be considered to ensure that you get the best possible service and protection so that your work is safe and secure.
It would be useful to consider the following questions before choosing your copyright service:
- Is the copyright service registered with Companies House or with the official company registrar of their country of origin?
- Does the copyright service offer real-copy copyright?
- Does the copyright service have an SSL certificate?
- Are your files stored securely?
- Does the service make multiple backups of your works?
- Does the copyright service provide assistance if there is an infringement of your work?
- Does the service have a directory of registered works?
- What happens to your registrations if the company stops trading?
Is the copyright service registered with Companies House or with an international official company registrar?
The first thing to look out for is whether the copyright service is incorporated with an official company registrar such as Companies House. Find out in which year it was incorporated and whether the company has been active or dormant.
Does the copyright service offer real-copy copyright?
In the case of infringement it may be necessary to present a copy of the work in question which has been held by an independent third-party.
Does the copyright service have an SSL certificate?
When using the website it is important to make sure that the area in which you put your personal details is safe and secure. Also the upload area should be secure. You can check for a SLL certificate by clicking on the URL in the address bar. If they have a certificate, there should be a picture of a green padlock. Even better would be an extended validation (EV SSL) certificate. In this case the name of the company will also turn green. This certificate incorporates a higher level of security because it shows that the certificate authority has also checked that the company is genuine.
Are your files stored securely?
Ensure that the company you are registering your works with has your files stored safely and securely, for example in data safes..
Does the service make multiple backups of your works?
The company you are registering with should have backups of all works registered with them.
Does the copyright service provide assistance if there is an infringement of your work?
Something to look for when searching for a copyright service is whether they give assistance if someone has been using your registered works without your permission.
Does the service have a directory of registered works?
The fact that the registration details are visible publicly helps deter infringement.
What happens to your registrations if the company stops trading?
Make sure that the copyright service you choose has contingency plans in the event of liquidation. If the company stopped trading, then you would have difficulty accessing proof of your registrations. Something to look for would be whether the copyright service deposits your registered works with a Notary of Public. A Notary of Public is working independently from the registration company, regardless of the status of the company they will have a copy of the registered work. This can be accessed if the company ceases trading at any time in the future.
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