We often find ourselves in doubt about what can be registered (and how), what generates copyright, and what doesn’t. Here let us explain some of the many types of creations that can be registered along with the occasional advice to keep in mind.
1.- Comic characters: The comics, obviously, generate copyright, it happens as with original drawings in general. Consequently comic characters generate rights for themselves. Our recommendation is to create a PDF with several views of each character, along with their name and personality, and register it.
2.- Computer programs: Not so much what the programs do, but the code itself. Normally a programming language is used and almost as if it was a literary work. In fact, in USCO we must select literary work in this cases!
3.- Instagram: Instagram photos and videos, as artistic works, can be registered. Another thing is the exact consideration, but better to register even your selfies than later regret if someone uses them without authorization.
4.- Comments on social networks: Any initial post that provokes a debate could be registered, but it’s so that the comments themselves, in many cases, extensive and with a lot of work behind, are original and creative works by themselves. It is not too much of a stretch to register those texts too because there is always people who might be tempted to use them without authorization (don’t mistake this with the right to quote).
5.- Speeches: Even if we don’t realize it, anyone can end up giving a speech can for any reason. If someone records your speech, you can register yours by using, for instance, that recording. We have all had a dream at some point, right?
6.- Lectures: It’s not expected that we all have give a lecture someday, but when we have to give it, we all understand the work it carries, and the text and other contents that are produced. Register your great lecture, using the audio, or the text that has been generated.
7.- Brochures, catalogs: In shops and businesses, the importance of these creations, designed to sell and compete, is sometimes overlooked when it comes to protecting them. That is why, when in doubt, it is better to register those, since catalogs and entire brochures are often copied to introduce simple changes of some denomination and brands.
8.- School classes: Do you teach in college or university? Or in the Internet? You know the work it takes to prepare and teach a class. Outside the objective data, how things are told is part of the original and creative works that can be registered in Safe Creative.
9.- Translations: A translation is a derivative work, but no two translations, made by two different people, are the same. Each translator incorporates her or his own style, the words she or he considers, in a way that is creative and adapted to the rhythm of what is being told. Hence, the translations generate copyright and it is convenient to register them, especially if they have been done from third-party works.
10.- Choreographies, pantomimes: A dance, or a certain sequence of original and creative movements, is the type of work that, although difficult to visualize to register, is important to protect. How? Describing using text the movements, steps, rhythms and perhaps recording a video showing the choreography or pantomime.