The Electronic Depository stems from the concept of a “Poor Man’s Copyright”, where artists and writers, too financially strapped to file a copyright application with the U.S. Copyright Office, sealed their works in envelopes and mailed the envelope to themselves, thereby time and date stamping the envelope, which proved when the works were created. The Electronic Depository program works in the same way-except electronically.
Benefits of Electronic Copyright Depository:
Time & Date Stamp Secure legal proof that your works were created before any infringing copies. The depository marks when the file is uploaded. To maintain accurate dates and times of creation, you must upload your files in a timely manner after creation.
Central File Storage Organize and manage your works in a centrally located filing system that you can access from any device with an internet connection. Don’t worry about losing files or tracking creation dates. Our depository can do that for you. Creating a folder for a collection of works allows for easy transfer of files for our Copyright Application Filing program or for easy tracking of which works you submitted on each copyright application.
Control Shared Access Sometimes you will have to share your files with third parties for business purposes (e.g. a potential licensing deal). To protect you and your works, our depository acts as a file-sharing solution where you maintain file ownership at all times. When you share a file with a third-party, the depository records who you shared the files with and allows you to revoke access to the files at anytime. This solution allows prove who had access to your files in case of infringement.
Accessible Filing of Copyrighted Works After a copyright application is submitted, the U.S. Copyright Office does not allow you to access or view the works associated with the application again. Our depository allows you to create folders for each copyright application you file. Unlike your Copyright Applications, these folders can be referred to later on to recall which works you submitted with each copyright application.