How to Register a Copyright for Beauty and Personal


Copyright law automatically protects original works. The length of time that your work is protected can vary depending on when you created it and how you register it. Registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office adds more protection, including possible criminal penalties for infringement. Your work must be fully created and fixed in some tangible form to qualify for copyright protection. However, registration isn’t required just to enforce copyright protection in court if someone has used your work without permission (or paid you).

Copyright Law Automatically Protects Original Works

Copyright law automatically protects original works. It is not necessary to register a copyright, however, registration does provide additional benefits (such as providing proof of when the work was created). Copyright is a form of protection for intellectual property and consists of three key rights:

  • Exclusive rights: The owner has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform and display the work publicly.
  • Moral rights: The author maintains certain moral rights in his or her work even after it’s been sold or transferred.
  • Economic value: You can earn money from your intellectual property.

Registering Your Work with the U.S. Copyright Office Adds more Protection

If you want to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, you can do so online for a fee of $35. The process is quick and easy. All you have to do is fill out a form online and pay the fee by credit card. Once your claim has been processed, there’s no need for anything else. Your work will be protected as soon as it’s registered with the U.S. Copyright Office!

Your work must be fully created and fixed in some tangible form to qualify for copyright protection.

The law protects both published and unpublished works. The work must be original to you, not copied from another source (unless you obtained permission). It also has to be fixed in some sort of tangible form for example, written down on paper or recorded on a computer file. If it is not fixed in some kind of physical medium of expression, then copyright protection may not be available for it.

The phrase “fixed in any tangible medium” means that the work has been created in such a way that it can be perceived either directly or with the aid of a device like a book, CD or DVD player. For example:

A poem can be printed out on paper.

An oil painting can be displayed on canvas.

A sculpture can sit atop an easel.

A piece of sheet music can appear on sheet music.

An architectural design plan exists as lines drawn on graph paper.

You Can Register Individual Elements of a Collection

If you want to register your copyright for beauty and personal care products, there are a few requirements. The work must be original and fixed in some tangible medium of expression.

In addition to being an original work of authorship, all works are eligible for copyright protection as long as they can be categorized into one or more of the following subject areas:

  • Literary Works
  • Music
  • Dramatic Works (including sound recordings)
  • Pantomimes and Choreographic Works

To register a collection, you must own the copyright to each of the elements that compose it.

What If the Applicant is Not The Author

If the applicant is not the author, the application must provide evidence of ownership of the copyright. Such evidence should be in the form of a written instrument signed by the owner and dated. The instrument should identify both the work to which it applies and its owner.

The following is an example of a proper instrument for establishing copyright ownership:

I hereby assign all my rights, title, interest and claim to any copyrights I may have in my novel “Novel Title” (hereinafter referred to as “the Work”). This assignment includes but is not limited to all copyrights relating to publication rights including musical compositions used in connection with audiovisual presentations of this Work by other parties who hold such rights through me under contract or otherwise.

What is Meant By a Tangible Medium?

A tangible medium of expression is any form containing words or numbers that has been fixed in some physical way, such as in writing on paper, saving to a computer hard drive or burning to a CD-ROM.

A work is protected by copyright if it is original and has not been published before. It doesn’t matter how you got it into your possession; the only thing that matters is whether you actually created something new with the material.

A Single Work May Have Multiple Authors

A single work may have multiple authors who are considered joint owners of copyright unless there is an agreement to the contrary or unless one person was clearly hired to do work and was paid for it by another person who would then be considered the employer (contractor). Joint ownership means that all joint owners have an equal share in the property.

For example, if a picture book is written by four people, each author has a 50% share in the copyright. If you write a novel with your friend, he or she will automatically own half of it because there is no agreement between you that says otherwise.


As you can see, registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office is a simple process that can protect your intellectual property. If you are interested in learning more about how to register a copyright or other legal issues related to art and beauty products, feel free to contact us.

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