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Copyright for Animation

Submitted Questions:

Is it worth registering works for copyright?

How do we apply for ownership of our own characters or story? How do we prove it is our original work?

At what point should we seek legal hard copy Copywrite for our own IPs (such as characters or stories)? Should we do it now or wait till we might be using it for commercial purposes?

Best Answers:

Once the work is created, it is automatically copyrighted and the rights to the original is reserved for the creator/author/artist. As long as you can prove it is yours. It is best to register your IPs as soon as you're sure you'll be using it for commercial purposes.

Has to be "fixed" like in an e-mail or a photo. The date of the email/photo would prove that it's yours if anyone copies it. It would be worth it to register for copyright if you plan on using it for commercial purposes or allowing others to use it.

More information:

In order to prove ownership, you'll have to have documented the development of the concept/art/story in a recorded format with clear dates. If you decide not to register copyright, keeping good, dated notes would be wise.

Other Student Answers:

Most artworks are granted copyrights as soon as they're created but if you want to claim something as copyrighted, going through the process of officially registering it can be annoying. It may not be worth it to the artist to protect it past a certain point especially if its a fairly general idea or character. If it is being ripped directly and used for profit I would personally go through the process of registering said piece for copyright protection.