Ok, we’ve all heard concerning this “poor man’s copyright” procedure, correct?
We are going to explain it once again, if you have been staying in caves, but before we do, you should know instantly, IT DOESN’T WORK!
Absolutely no COURT HAS EVER Endorsed This Process AS Legitimate Documentation Of COPYRIGHT, thus don’t squander your time! Nonetheless here’s what it’s supposed to do (and then the reason it doesn’t do the job).The poor man’s copyright (not copyright) is when we post either a Disc, or sheet music, or some other physical form of your tunes, to yourself (or a close friend) by standard, or credentialed post.The concept sounds acceptable: Two or three days later, when you get your own songs or sound returned in the postal service, you Never open up the envelope. You simply just hide from view it away in a place, in a compartment, a safety deposit container, with your under-wear, and just wait until one day if someone attempts to thieve your track or tracks.You whip out your closed envelope, bring it to Courtroom during your copyright infringement court case, and simply let the Magistrate open it.
In that case the Judge should believe that the postmark on the envelope “proves” that the songs or audio inside were existent at the time of that particular date!
So, assuming the bad individual who may have ripped off your songs started performing it after the particular date of the postmark, the Judge ought to advise the jury you win your copyright law suit, grant you millions in damages and you proceed home, record your track and win American Idol!
Only issue is… as we’ve previously said, one can find NO courts we know about that have ever made use of a postmark from an envelope as confirmation in a copyright complaint!
Why doesn’t it work i hear you ask? Lots of factors:
The fact is, there are countless tricks to tamper or shape the postmarked envelope, or the so called “copyrighted” tracks inside, that we couldn’t accommodate them all into just this brief article.
However here are some speedy some examples:
- The typical solution to “game” this system would be to just simply send yourself an empty envelope and just hardly seal it (or maybe don’t seal it in any respect). Then when you obtain it back with the postmark, you just store it until you wish to grab someone’s music possibly a long time later on.
And then, at times when you need it, you stick the words and music to someone else’s song into your empty envelope with the old postmark and seal it up REAL GOOD.
And, presto, you’ve now got “proof” that you created that song way back on the date of the postmark — since it’s “obviously” been in that “sealed” envelope all that time!
- Or even if you didn’t try to cheat, how do you plan on verifying the security of the sealed envelope? Bringing in scientific experts to verify you haven’t played with the envelope seals? Remember, the post office doesn’t even check to see if envelopes are sealed!
- Or, how are you going to prove the postmark stamp, or certified mail notice, is genuine?
- And then, of course, there’s the problem of BIAS. Who will testify in court about preparing the envelope, sealing it, mailing it, getting it delivered back to your address, how it was handled and by whom, how it was never opened, etc. etc.? YOU? Your friends? Your relatives? Do you see the problem using people close to you?So as you can see, there are endless ways to cheat using this “poor man’s copyright” method. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME. IT WON’T PROTECT YOU OR YOUR SONGS! Period. Visit www.ndr-northernmediations.co.uk to find the best solicitor in your area to help you with all your copyright needs.