Copyright for a Poor Man

A widely circulated strategy to avoid the cost of copyright registration is referred to as the “poor man’s copyright.” It proposes that the creator send the work to himself in a sealed envelope by registered mail, using the postmark to establish the date. This technique has not been recognized in any published opinions of the United States courts. The United States Copyright Office makes it clear that the technique is no substitute for actual registration. It is also not recommended in other countries.

2017-03-21T10:13:51+00:00February 20th, 2012|All, Blog, Copyright|