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Copyright Registration – Making It Official

Copyright Protection Rights Under Formal Copyright Registration

This information is best summed up by a quote from the copyright.gov website.

The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright. There are, however, certain definite advantages to registration.

In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection. Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the following:

  • Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
  • Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U. S. origin.
  • If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
  • If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.
  • Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U. S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies.
  • Registration may be made at any time within the life of the copyright.

    It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107 through 121 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of “fair use,” which is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

So there you have it – a crash course on copyrights. Remember, I am not a lawyer and these posts are not designed to provide any legal advice pertaining to any specific circumstances. Always obtain professional legal advice for any legal situation.

Do Private Label Rights Let You Copy?

How Private Label Rights Can Be a Tremendous Time and Money Saver

If you refer back to the first post in my series on copyrights, you’ll recall a sentence I quoted from the copyright government website. It reads, “In the case of works made for hire, the employer and not the employee is considered to be the author.”

But why is this important? It covers something called Private Label Rights content. Private Label Rights content is basically material you obtain from a third party with the right to claim it as your own work. You may think this seems kind of sketchy, almost like cheating, but it’s nothing like that.

You may have heard of ghostwriters. These are professional writers who are employed to write articles, books, or other texts for an employer (usually not a professional writer) who gets the official credit for the work. A good example of this is the celebrity autobiography. A large number of these are ghostwritten since actors, actresses and professional athletes are not professional writers.

Private Label Rights content is the same thing. You obtain this material and are able to put your name on it as the author or creator. It covers not only eBooks, articles, autoresponder series and ad copy, but also graphics, web templates, logos and software. Whether you are an internet marketer or a business owner with a website, this can be a great help to you.

For business owners not in the internet marketing industry, Private Label Rights content can be hugely beneficial. To get more traffic to your website and keep it there, one of the basic rules is to have good content. Often times, you will see businesses displaying relevant articles on their websites. This can add value by showing prospects how your product is relevant to them and by reaching out to them with free information.

This builds trust and helps establish you or your business as an expert in your field. Not to mention it gives the search engines more keywords on your website to grab onto and get you listed for – or get you ranked higher for your core keywords. You can also use this content as articles to publish to article directories. This gives you exposure on the web and provides incoming links to your website.

For internet marketers, two things are often repeated by countless experts. The first is that you should have your own product and the second is that you must build an email list. But what if you aren’t the greatest writer? What if you don’t have the hours and hours it takes to create your own website, eBook or article series? How about if you don’t have hundreds or thousands of dollars to pay a writer or designer to create your eBook or website? Private Label Rights content is the answer.

You can find Private Label Rights eBooks and articles in almost any niche you can think of. The same goes for website templates and graphics. The best part is that you can get tons of it at a fraction of the cost required to hire someone to write just one eBook or article set for you. The only secret is knowing where to find it.

To break that secret wide open, here are the Top 10 Best places to get Private Label Rights (PLR) content for your website, emails, articles and information products.

  1. PLR Wholesaler – Ridiculous amount of PLR content, free access to a lot of it
  2. INDIGITALWorks – Tons of PLR content, regularly updated
  3. Plrebookclub – Very High Quality PLR eBooks, 50+ new added every month
  4. Simply PLR – Well written PLR articles, 225 new added every month
  5. PLR Newsletter – Professionally written newsletters, articles, and and squeeze pages, updated monthly
  6. Monthly Content – Thousands of PLR products, websites, graphics and articles with new content added monthly
  7. KingdomPLR – 126 Top quality PLR sets that each include an eBook, cover graphics, sales page, thank you page and download page, many different niches
  8. NicheMembershipPro – Professionally designed PLR Products and complete websites across multiple niches, new content added monthly
  9. Articles-PLR – A collection of over 99,000 PLR articles across a myriad of subjects. You can download 350 of them for free with no opt in
  10. IM Guru PLR – Private Label Rights to 5 Professional quality video courses in the internet marketing niche.

If you are new to all of this, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is an outstanding course on how to effectively use and profit from PLR.

  1. PLR Unleashed

PLR is huge on the web right now as so many successful internet marketers are using it to make a fortune. Beware of many of the cheapo or freebie PLR offers, especially articles. Most of them are outsourced to foreign (non-US) writers that don’t have a good grasp of English; the writing is just terrible. (If you don’t believe me, just post a reply to this article and ask me to post some of them!). The PLR sites in our top 10 list are high-quality sources that give you outstanding bang for your buck. So if you’re interested in PLR content, these are definitely the places to go.

In the last article in the series, we will look at copyright registration and legal protection.

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