Well I would be inclined to disagree with you on this one. The 'company" is a government agency that is there just for that purpose. They are not just holding a disc of your images for a fee, they are protecting your rights as the owner of the image. If you want to think that it just means you have copy of the shot on cd, then why even argue the shot is yours?darich said:Like Big Mike said by simply taking the shot you own the copyright.
Here in the UK I've never heard of any "company" holding a disc of your images for a fee just to prove you own the copyright. You could argue all it means is you have a copy of the shot on the CD.
The cynic in me says that's a company taking advantage of people who aren't sure of something. But then the law is different in the US.
I'd suggest keeping a copy of the original as printed and sold and could then be reproduced exactly if required. The only advantage i can see with sending images to a company would be that you have a copy away from your computer/home/office in case of any mishaps.
Glad to be of some help. Check out all the information, it can be a bit confusing, esp. when trying to determine where you fall in the order of things. If you have any questions, call the 800 number, they are actually pleasant.nomav6 said:thanks, thats pretty much what I was looking for
Aoide said:Both responses to copyright are correct. As soon as you take the picture you become the copyright holder. You don't have to do anything else to be able to enforce your copyright. If you want to file with the US copyright office then you use the link that Kelox gave you. But even if you don't file with the government you are the copyright holder.