Binded, the world’s first blockchain copyright platform, announced today the launch of One Click U.S. Copyright Office Registrations.
Before Binded, registering image copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) required a significant amount of time and money. Creators usually paid lawyers or websites like LegalZoom anywhere from $150 to over $1000. Or they tested their patience by trying to figure out the USCO’s website (https://copyright.gov/).
Now, thanks to technology built by Binded, creators can register their images with just one click. And the service is provided at cost. Meaning, the creator only pays their USCO fees. Binded doesn’t profit from the registration. The USCO fee ranges from $35 for a single image to $55 for a batch of images. There are no limits on how many images can be included.
“This is a great step towards Binded delivering on our promise to make copyright simple.” said Nathan Lands, CEO & Co-founder of Binded. “Creators will continue to make their copyright registrations for free on the bitcoin blockchain. But, if they want the extra protection that a U.S. Copyright Registration provides, they can now easily do that too using Binded. We’ve made copyright registrations simpler than ever before.”
After the creator’s credit card has been charged, Binded put’s the images into a queue to be filed with the USCO. Once completed, the creator gets a receipt and a confirmation record. From Binded they can see the status of their USCO applications, which generally take 6-8 months. At which time, if approved, the creator will receive an official certificate from the USCO.
Long-term Binded hopes to make copyright registrations on the blockchain a standard accepted world-wide. However, for now there’s limited precedent for the blockchain. That’s why Binded is supporting USCO registrations and the extra legal protection they provide. For example, USCO registered images may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation.
Headquartered in Japantown, San Francisco, Binded is a technology company building the world’s first blockchain copyright platform. Binded makes it easy for creators to protect their images, for free. Binded’s mission is to make creativity the world’s most valuable asset.
Since launching in May 2017, creators on Binded have registered over 330,000 copyrights. Binded has raised $1.5M from Mistletoe, Vectr Ventures, Asahi Shimbun, Sterling Ventures, Social Starts, M&Y Growth Partners, Tokyo Founders Fund and Scott & Cyan Banister.
Binded wants to make it possible to link every creative tool to enable seamless copyright registrations at the time of creation. Binded is also developing copyright monitoring technology which identifies possible copyright infringements. The feature is currently in public beta.
Binded is in no way affiliated with the U.S. Copyright Office. For more information, go to binded.com.