How to Copyright Your Work1:16 with Chris Zabriskie
So you want to copyright your work. How do you go about it? Let's take the process of legally copyrighting something step by... actually it's just one step.
I'm going to walk you through the process of copyrighting something right now. 0:00 This is a blank piece of paper. 0:03 Nothing on it, nothing to copyright. 0:06 But if I draw something real fast, 0:08 I'll show you my skills. 0:12 Copyright. 0:14 That's it, that's literally it. 0:17 I made it and now it belongs to me. 0:19 No lawyers, no stamps, no little copyright symbol or date at the bottom. 0:21 Just my drawing, no matter how crude, on a piece of paper. 0:26 The second you've created something, it's copyrighted. 0:29 It's yours. 0:33 As long as what you've created is in some tangible form— 0:34 you can see it, you can feel it, you can hear it, whatever, 0:37 it is copyrighted. 0:40 You can't copyright an idea if you haven't fixed it into some form that other people can see. 0:41 You might have a great idea for a website, 0:47 but unless you actually build that website in some form, 0:49 it's not really yours yet—you can't copyright an idea. 0:52 But what if someone has the same idea and builds something similar about the same time? 0:55 How can you prove that yours was the original idea and the original work? 1:00 We'll talk about it toward the end of the course, but for now, 1:03 just know that creating the thing in the first place 1:06 is far and away the most important step. 1:09 If you have an idea, execute on it. 1:11 Don't wait, make it. 1:14
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