Do you have to register a copyright for your work to be protected under copyright law?

Do you have to register a copyright for your work to be protected under copyright law?
 
No. The law is clear that you do not have to register your work in order to get protection. Registration just gives you extra benefits. 
 
Formal registration is $35. Some people may want to consider formally registering their copyrights—especially those concerned that people may infringe on their copyrights and those who intend on commercially exploiting their work. 
 
If you have a question about whether you should formally register your copyrights or if you need help understanding what benefits you get if you do register your work with the copyright office, feel free to contact New Media Rights at (619) 591-8870 or support@newmediarights.org for free, pro bono legal assistance.

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