Registration is not compulsory, so I need to do it

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The truth is that registration of works is not necessary nor compulsory in order to have all your rights reserved. So the question usually is: Then why should I register my contents for?

Well, the fact is that despite the kind of copyright declaration you want to make, or your philosophy, some kind of infringement might happen. Yes, that is true.

You can do your best to avoid willing and or unwilling  infringement, but it can happen. An when something you don’t like happens is clearly better to have evidence of your authorship constructed in advance than trying to build it afterwards. Actually judges use to see suspicious to try to generate that evidence after the damage has been done than before.

So, in Safe Creative, we think that by registering with a private registration system like ours you have the best simple tools to minimize the natural risks that exist:

  • First: by being able to put labels or links to the registration information page so dissuading infringers and providing key information and
  • second: by having an early evidence to be in a stronger possition in any negotiation or legal conflict




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How to insert copyright information metadata

This visual guide explains how to generate copies of the files, with metadata copyrightinformation: Title, Author and Safe Creative copyright info page.

Fashion Code Event in Getaria

On Saturday June 15 we were at the International Fashion Code event in the unique setting of the Balenciaga Museum in the beautiful village of Getaria , along the Bay of Biscay.

Mario Pena, representing Safe Creative, talking about the possibilities of registration of private copyright for supplemental protection of fashion and design (Photo courtesy Jesús M. Peman (c) 2013 All Rights Reserved)

Mario Pena, representing Safe Creative, talking about the possibilities of registration of private copyright for supplemental protection of fashion and design (Photo courtesy Jesús M. Peman (c) 2013 All Rights Reserved)

In this event, Safe Creative sponsored, high lever professional discussed the protection of fashion and design from the perspective of the sometimes confusing knowledge that exists even among fashion professionals, thus leading to a general misconception of the possibilities existing.

Protection of fashion and design is not only limited to patents and trademarks, but everyday more we find professionals turning towards the possibilities of unregistered European design and especially copyright protection as complementary tools to enforce their rights.

As we argued, in every work product of the human intellect, and more in fashion where originality and creativity is key to differentiation and competitive advantage – so necessary in these areas – there may be, and in fact there is, copyright protection. We have to add to this that there’re different treatment of this issues depending the laws across different countries. So inside Europe, we can find firmer laws describing the potential scope of copyrights in fashion and design works.

If we add the speed with which a design, drawing, fashion photography can be reached by the expanding digital world of the Internet, the early agnostc generation of strong, reliable, technological unexpensive and quick evidence of the existence of a particular work at a given time is certainly a more than useful procedure to do regardless of the way that the defense of the work might finally be.

Instead of more complicated, expensive and cumbersome systems to generate evidence of copyright, digital registration services which evidence is based on the strength of mathematical scientific criteria, is the logical answer to the protection needs with the best possible opportunity cost rate.

With regards to other more evident forms of protection used as the design and trademark related protection, it came to be evident the need to raise always a long-term strategy without neglecting any aspect as designers go and professionalizing their carreer.

How to group registrations in collections

Maximize your registration

There are many things you can do to maximize the registration of your works. Here a few ideas:

  • Have a file with the registered content with our copyright registration metadata in it if possible. For instance puting the work registration information link, or author profile in Safe Creative link in the copyright or authorship field of the work’s metadata

Do you have any other suggestions? Feel free to comment.

Milestones update

We are glad to inform that Safe Creative has reached the psychological milestone of 1.000.000 registrations. In fact right now there are proud to tell you that we have 1.037.871 copyright information records in our system. This actually means that the work’s registered are probably many more, as there are many single compressed file registrations containing several works. So the exact figures we cannot tell, but we might be talking about 1.200.000 or more works.

The number of users is constantly growing too. Right now we have more than 93.800 autors and rights holders in our copyright registration platform.

We are very happy with the trust users all around the world show in our system.

Licenses vs registries in one image

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A license is a legal text, while a registry is a place where you bind the license (if any) with the work itself, and the author’s identity

Why do people register their works?

When we have to explain what is Safe Creative for we quickly reach a basic doubt: What is what motivates people most to register their creations?

During thisyears we have found answers all kinds, and really there is not one single motivation, but several that come together at the same time; the priority although usually varies depending on the wishes of the authors which is also reflected in the type of rights declaration they wish to state.

While one cannot generalize, we have noted there are two major trends that drive people to register in direct connection with this we have said in the previous paragraph:

- Generate and communicate evidence of authorship to prevent others from copying a work the author reserves all rights of or…
- … generate enough information to ensure that a work that the author wants to share, it is in the desired terms.

The first group is the most classic in the use of “copyright” and seek to avoid to the maximum that his creations may be copied and used without your express consent. We say that is classic as this vision is based on what the copyright laws and copyright have been giving by default for some three hundred years and has prevailed well into the 90s.

The second uses the new licensing models that allow authors to give certain permissions, such as Creative Commons licenses for their work to be spread and used, though, ensuring that the wishes expressed in the license are complied with, that is, to correctly attribute, to be or not be used commercially, and/or to permit the making of derivative works being those, if allowed, with the same license of the original work or possibly using a different one.

Whatever the model, the need to generate evidence of rights holding is critical but probably not the most critical issue: The bottom line is that the registration information is easily accessible either on the own work, or the environment in which it is published.

Therefore the truly desirable and main function should be paramount in any registration system is that the “report” is the focal point of it, because to some degree will prevent or somewhat discourage plagiarism or misuse of registered works. After that first step, and if something goes wrong, something that can occur, evidence of authorship generated will help try to make amends if possible and always with the best guarantees.

Magical solutions do not exist, and as Voltaire would say “Luck is what happens when preparation and opportunity meet and fuse.” Prepare yourself by registering and seize the opportunities that new technologies provide.

What if we disappear?

A question we get quite often is about death; death of a proyect, of a company. It’s a fact, not that there’s a possibility that a company might dissapear, but when will this happen. Of course we want to exist for many many years, but it’s true that someday, in a few centuries of course, we will go away as happens with any other company that today exists. And what will happen with all that’s been registered?

First thing is that’s the main reason behind adding quite some time ago a redundant independent, officially recognized timestamp. This means that if you have the registration certificate of the work registered (you can get it starting with the premium account and from previously recorded works too), and a digital copy of the registered file in your computer or other storage service, you will be able to proof your authorship and other rights even if Safe Creative is no longer there. And this is also this way because to identify the file itself we use the best hashes around. If we see we have to close or change, will inform our users with enought time to act upon this and most probably will facilitate ways to download all this vital information.

The second thing is that we are in close touch with other registries, no matter private or public and with institutions such as WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) in order to be able to transfer our registration information prior consent from users. This way the registration information might stay still publicly accesible.

Of course, any other idea or proposal is most welcome.