20 December 2016

A Frequently Asked Question At The U.S. Copyright Office

How do I protect my sighting of Elvis?

Yes, this is a real U.S. Copyright Office FAQ. Obviously, people ask about this a lot and it takes too much time to provide the same answer over and over again.

The official answer is below the fold.

Copyright law does not protect sightings. However, copyright law will protect your photo (or other depiction) of your sighting of Elvis. File your claim to copyright online by means of the electronic Copyright Office (eCO). Pay the fee online and attach a copy of your photo. For more information on registering a copyright, see SL-35. No one can lawfully use your photo of your sighting, although someone else may file his own photo of his sighting. Copyright law protects the original photograph, not the subject of the photograph.

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