Last month we included our mail certification service, Mailstamper, as part of Safe Creative’s user accounts. Mailstamper allows you to generate a certificate that can act as evidence of the exact date, content and recipients of any e-mail. This certificate can then be used to demonstrate to any entity a record of correspondances.
You can access it witihin “Services” by clicking on “E-Mail Certification”. Once you’re there, all you need to do is enable the service. Then, every time you need to certify an e-mail, you just send it as normal but CC email@example.com as another recipient.
In case you haven’t yet, activate your mailstamper now.
Users of Professional Accounts already have 50 free certifications, which you can update anytime you need.
When to use them? We would advise our users to so, anytime you reach a commercial agreement, or send a copy of your original work to a client. First of all, it’s a very practical deterrent to anyone who might try and steal your work. Secondly, you now have legal evidence.
Users of Agent Accounts can also certificate as many works -and related files-, as needed right from Safe Creative.
Click here for further información.
Please, contact us if you have any questions.
We’re starting the new year presenting some very exciting news.
The first one of these is the most evident: after a long time, we have finally renewed our homepage. We hope you like the new modern look, which contains more information about us and how the registry works.
The homepage isn’t the only thing that’s changed. The individual look of each control panel is different now. Depending on your model of account (basic, professional or agent), you’ll see one of these:
And this is exactly what the rest of our news are about: the changes we’ve made on account models.
The first one deals with copyright inscriptions (which is different from registrations). One example: You are a writer, and you commission some illustrations for your new novel. You aren’t the author of these illustrations, but you do have the right to use them in your work.
From now on, users of professional accounts can make as many copyright inscriptions as they need, without any limit, something that used to be an exclusive feature of corporate accounts.
Lastly, we have improved and specialized the corporate account in order to answer the needs of professionals dedicated to the individualized counseling, registering, managing and protecting of copyright. It’s our new account for copyright agents.
By using it, law offices and agents can offer their clients the services of registration and digital certification of Safe Creative. And they will have access to two new products which are intended to provide solid evidence in cases of copyright infringement.
- Certification of web contents.
- Certification of the sending date, content and recipients of emails.
This new account includes an integrated service of document management, that allows to admin and guard not just the registrations and generated evidences, but any other document in relation to your clients, registrations or works.
In our prices’ page you have all the detailed information about each account and the details to purchase them.
If you like the new images featured in our homepage, you can find more at the following links, all of them under free licenses:
We’d like to thank the authors of the photographies:
Today we can say that almost more important than winning in a trial is not having to end up having one in the first place.
With plagiarism issues such processes are always uncertain and costly, even when there’s already sufficient evidence of authorship to win.
On the other hand large technology companies like Facebook, Amazon or Google have become essential institutions to resolve cases of plagiarism or misuse of works online.
We recently reported a case of success in Amazon, and a few days ago we were informed of another success story this time in Facebook in which the fact of having the work registered was key to solve the problem quickly without having to engage in a legal battle.
Matías Del Carmine, manager of two great Facebook communities devoted to design issues – Matías en el Mundo and the popular Aikido de Oficina – relates us his story: The case began because when “another fanpage took a logo of mine without permission. I had it registered using Safe Creative so I sent a request to Facebook to remove the infringing content, and Facebook agreed“, and added:” I sent the complaint through their copyright violation form together with some screenshots of the copyright registration page of my logo in Safe Creative as proof that it was mine”. As the registration is so comfortable, economical and efficient to solve problems like this in the most important social networks, he tells that “from that moment on I began to systematically register all the cartoons and drawings I use to publish on my fanpages”
In Safe Creative we firmly believe that providing tools for authors to report the fact of registration and existence of copyrights is fundamental for a better use of the possibilities that Internet also gives us through these tech giants.
Hi there! The new design of Safe Creative is now online. With control panel, cleaner, better and soon with great improvements. Hope you enjoy it!
Legality and national and international legal effectiveness of Safe Creative’s Copyright Registration Service
There is little doubt about the legality and legal effectiveness of Safe Creative´s private copyright registration. When dealing with copyright, any evidence, public or private, is admissible; being the one provided by Safe Creative very robust (it uses triple fingerprinting “hash” and double timestamp)…
Most registries, including those offered by the states, have the basic value of a presumption and can be challenged by any rebuttal allowed in a trial. *
If before sharing and disseminating a work, authors record their authorship at Safe Creative it will be impossible for anyone else to make another certificate with the same technological robustness and at an earlier date.
All signatory states of the Berne Convention included in their laws that the generation of copyrights corresponds to the author by the mere fact of the creation of a work, so in all of them is therefore legal and valid any authorship evidence based on technology, such as the one Safe Creative provides.
With regard to the Spanish law we want to share this concise report by Borja Adsuara, law professor, lawyer and legal advisor in the field of information technology that supports the usefulness and legal validity of the registration at Safe Creative.
1. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic September 9, 1886 Works, says in its Article 5: Rights guaranteed (as revised Convention held in Berlin in 1908, contained in the present Act of 1971 Paris Convention): 2) the enjoyment and exercise of these rights shall not be subject to any formality …
2. Spanish Intellectual Property Law (Royal Legislative Decree 1/1996, of April 12), in Book One (of authors rights), Title I (General Provisions) states: Article 1 Incurrence: Intellectual Property of a literary, artistic or scientific work is for the author by the mere act of its creation.
3. And later, the Spanish Intellectual Property Law, in Book III. (From the protection of rights under this Act), Title II. (The Registration of Intellectual Property) provides: Article 145.3: “It shall be presumed, unless proven otherwise, that the rights are registered and belong to their owner in the form specified in the respective record.”
4 .Regulation of the Spanish Intellectual Property General Registration (Royal Decree 281/2003 of 7 March) says the same in his 27 Article. Effectiveness of registration: 1, unless proven otherwise, it is presumed that the registered rights exist and belong to their owners in the form specified in the respective records.
5 In the preamble to Regulation (2nd paragraph) states: “In addition, a main feature of this registration institution is of a voluntary and non-constitutive character of the inscriptions for the protection that the copyright law gives which reinforces the idea that the “official” registration rights protection is not necessary.
1 The “official” Intellectual Property Registration under the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, is declarative and voluntary, and not constitutive of rights, as it is, for example, the Industrial Property Registration.
2 It is not necessary, therefore, the recording in it of the existing intellectual property to be protected, and any evidence admissible in law can be provided to evidence the authorship.
3 The existence of a public register does not affect the legality of private records, which have the legal effectiveness of a private document, exist throughout the world and are recognized and valued by WIPO.
* Notice that the United States Copyright Office is mandatory for those US citizens that wish to be able to sue in case of copyright infringement and opt to statutory damages and other advantages. For other citizens of other countries also registration is mandatory if they wish to take advantage of this in the USA.
The new official Safe Creative’s app for Android devices is available for free now!
Now you’ll be able to easily register all your pictures, videos or other files as soon as you create them right in your smartphone or tablet.
You can install it by visiting this link:
Puedes instalarlo haciendo clic aquí:
or reading this QR code:
Soon it will also be available por iOS devices (Apple iPhone)
Any suggestion to make this app better, please send it to us here: http://www.safecreative.org/contact
The World Intellectual Property Organization says in its official web about the “Copyright Registration and Documentation” (1):
Principle of Protection without Formalities
The prohibition of formalities for copyright protection is the result of a historical process.
Before the 1886 Berne Convention, each country had its own rules for recognition of copyright in a work. Consequently, authors had to comply with formalities on a country-by-country basis.
The Berne Convention introduced the principle that authors in Union countries need only comply with the formalities imposed by the country of origin of a work.
This rule was replaced in the 1908 Berlin revision of the Convention by the current principle of formality-free protection, reflected in Article 5(2) of the present Paris Act 1971, according to which the enjoyment and the exercise of copyright shall not be subject to any formality.
August 21, 2014, Duesseldorf/Zaragoza – At c/o pop convention Cologne, the upcoming Cultural Commons Collecting Society (C3S SCE) and Safe Creative announced their joint declaration to cooperate. C3S SCE is open to multiple ways of licensing for musical works matching perfectly the registry approach of Safe Creative.
C3S SCE and Safe Creative are committed to work together to explore and study collaborations between them. The aim of their collaboration is to both allow their users to seamlessly integrate registration, rights information, enforcement in a fair way and collecting at the same time. Users still can use any other service or system of their preference.
Mario Pena, CBDO at Safe Creative: „Safe Creative acknowledges the effort of C3S SCE and considers it a great project as it brings a wider scope in licensing and more flexibility to creators when deciding how to generate value out of their contents. Safe Creative is all in favour of giving options to users and in particular when they are allowed to work on specific creations.“
Wolfgang Senges, Executive Director C3S SCE, points out: „C3S SCE recognizes that online private registrations such as Safe Creative are useful tools in a digital context to help creators express and enforce their rights in whatever form might be, ranging from ‚all rights reserved‘ to ‚some rights reserved‘. Forced limitations by providing only one of both options does not represent the real world.“
Both entities, technology based, represent the need to adapt creators’ tools and organizations to the digital era taking advantage of the possibilities of the Internet.
With the knowledge of both entities and the feedback of creators, authors and companies, C3S SCE and Safe Creative will identify, analyze and tackle the challenges to find and develop innovative solutions by joining forces whenever possible and necessary.
About the C3S SCE
The C3S SCE started in 2010 as an initiative for the founding of a modern collecting society for music.
An increasing number of musicians can not, or do not want to, be represented by one of the existing collecting societies. The C3S SCE is conceived as a European cooperative association (not as an economic association), where all users have the same right to vote (not only those with a high income). It is the goal of the C3S to use modern communication technology in order to enable uncomplicated processing and optimal fairness of distribution.
Unlike the exclusive representation of an artist’s full catalogue of works, which is required by the GEMA, the C3S will allow the licensing of individual works. Apart from the classical copyright, the support of all Creative Commons licensing contracts will create market equality for alternative licensing concepts. After a successful start in Germany, the area of certification will be gradually expanded all over Europe.
About the Safe Creative
Safe Creative was founded in 2007 to provide simple and affordable registration services to match today’s digital creators’ needs. Since then it has become the leading online copyrights registration service in the Internet with over 130.000 creators, companies and rights holders using its services to inform and manage their copyrights information on and off line.
Safe Creative also interacts with other online services and projects in very flexible ways to add value in both directions, keeping always authors’ real and ever evolving needs in mind.