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The Benefits of Copyright Registration for Amazon Sellers

Thu Jun 16, 2022 Intellectual Property

An original work such as an article, book, recording, photograph, logo design, or website content is automatically covered by copyright protection as soon as it is created. This means that the creator or author of the work immediately receives copyright protection on this creation, without registering for a copyright. So why would an Amazon seller take the additional steps and expenses to register their copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office? An Amazon seller lawyer at our firm explains the benefits of copyright registration for Amazon sellers. 

Having Amazon on Your Side

If you register your copyright, it creates a public record of ownership. This public record also gives you a presumption of ownership, therefore anyone seeking to challenge ownership will have the burden to prove otherwise. Having copyright registration also prompts Amazon to quickly order infringers to stop their unlawful actions when you report the violation. 

Ability to File a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

When the copyright infringer has caused or is causing severe and irreparable harm to your Amazon business, reporting the offending seller or ASIN to Amazon may not be enough. If you find yourself in this situation, your copyright registration gives you the ability to file a lawsuit to enforce your copyright in court and pursue statutory damages against infringers. (You need to have a copyright registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in order to file a lawsuit in federal court.)

Protection Against Importation of Infringing Products

As an owner of a valid and registered copyright, you can participate in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program which allows the CBP to seize and detain imported goods that violate intellectual property rights in the United States. To apply for the program, you only need to fill out a simple government form and pay a one-time fee, which is a few hundred dollars. This is a great way to fight off infringing products. 

How An Amazon Seller Lawyer at ESQgo Can Help You

If you are on the fence about registering a copyright or have questions about how it can affect you and your business specifically, you should contact an Amazon seller lawyer at ESQgo. Our counsel can go over your situation and explain the benefits and process to you. We are also adept at handling the registration on your behalf. Our firm will ensure that a copyright is your best protection. We will also review to see if you should file for a patent or a trademark registration.

We know how hard you have worked to create your original work, and we take pride in helping you protect the time, hard work, and money you have invested. Contact our firm to schedule an appointment with an Amazon seller lawyer at ESQgo. Our team can help ensure your copyright application runs smoothly without redundant costs.