How to copyright a video
- If you have questions about copyrighting your video in the United States, click on the following link: http://www.copyright.gov/faq.html.
If you have questions about copyrighting your video Internationally, click on the following link: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl100.html.
- Although not required, the U.S. Copyright Office recommends that you put your video copyright notice in the video as part of
the video itself to prevent the claim of "innocent copyright infringement" in case someone
infringes your copyright.
- Hint: Notice the copyright notice at the bottom of this web page for the "magic lawyer words" that the webmaster's lawyer told him to use for a copyright notice. Notice a copyright notice is
part of every separate page of this website.
- If your video is not a "work made for hire", the U.S.
Copyright Office recommends that you obtain a typed written signed release(s) in advance of creating the video to assign copyright rights from the author(s) of the work to the party commissioning the creation of the work to prevent legal counter claims to ownership of the copyrighted work or
limitations to use of the copyrighted work. If the author of the work is a minor, the
contract is usually co-signed by a parent or guardian.
- Notice the webmaster is an employee of Disc & Tape Inc, not a freelancer or an independent contractor, not a minor, and Disc & Tape Inc commissioned the webmaster to create this web site,
therefore this web site is a "work made for hire".
- Notice that in motion pictures that you rent that it is customary to give credit to authors of copyrightable works who have assigned their copyright rights to the person who commissioned the work. Notice that these credits as well as the copyright notice of the motion picture company usually come
at the end of the motion picture.
- Disc & Tape Inc, DSK8™, and Discontent™ and its employees are NOT lawyers and therefore are PROHIBITED by law from giving legal advice. If you have further legal questions about
copyrighting your video, the legal format of a copyright notice, whether or not your video is a "work made for hire", whether or not the author(s) of your videos are minors, or the legal format of a contract for total assignment of copyright rights, please consult an attorney licensed to practice in your state.
- If your parents have a family attorney, the family attorney may be willing to answer short and simple questions for free if they are all asked in one short phone call.
- Most attorneys will give a one-time short period of time, usually 15-30 minutes, free to the prospective client to hear the client's problem out so the lawyer can tell the client how much the
lawyer will charge to handle the client's problem. The questions and the solutions may be so short and simple that the lawyer will give the advice for free.
- Some attorneys do "pro bono work" where the lawyer will give out legal advice for free to people who can not afford legal counseling.
- A member of your family may have a friend who is a lawyer who may be willing to give you simple legal advice for free.
- The pastor/priest/rabbi/imam of your church may know a lawyer who is a member of your church or another church who may be willing to give you simple legal advice for free.
- If you still go to school, your school may have a lawyer "on-call" to answer simple legal questions of students for free.
- If you go to (community) college, it may be wise to take any "Business Law" courses offered. Scholarships may be available so that you can take these courses for free or for only the cost of
the course textbook. Your questions may be answered during the course by the professor, who almost always is an licensed attorney.
If you do not understand these instructions, ask your parent or guardian to explain them to you.
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