Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I have written agreements with my collaborators?

If you plan to sell, license or otherwise monetize your content, protecting your intellectual property is the most important and critical step that you can take - especially if you’re working with collaborators. Establishing and protecting ownership of your content now can save you time, money and the frustration of content-related issues (e.g. lawsuits, arguments, loss of income, etc.) in the future.

Without an agreement in place, each of your collaborators by default will own an equal share of the content you create together regardless of how minor or major their contribution is. When you want to sell or license your content via a third party partner, you will likely need to disclose the owners of the content and their respective shares. You may also need to obtain permission from your collaborators to enter into an agreement with third parties. This is easier to do when you have agreements that establish ownership beforehand.

What types of content are covered by a Cosynd agreement?

Currently, you can use Cosynd to document ownership of the following types of content:

  • Music - Compositions (written lyrics and arrangement), sound recordings.
  • Videos - Individual videos (a film, Youtube video etc.) and collections of videos (a web series, YouTube channel videos, vlogs, etc.).
  • Images - Individual images (a photograph, an illustration, a design etc.) and collections of images.
  • Documents - Literary works (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, manuscripts, articles, theses, copy etc.) and dramatic works (screenplays, plays, scripts etc.)

Why should I register my copyrights with the Copyright Office?

Registering your works can pay off in big ways—especially when things go wrong. Copyright owners that have registered can use their registration as a public record of ownership, file an infringement suit, collect damages of $150,000 per work plus attorney fees, and more.

Cosynd is a faster, friendlier, and more affordable way to register your copyrights compared to other services. We’ll only ask you to provide the information that is necessary in order to compile your application and file it on your behalf with the U.S. Copyright Office.

What does it cost to register my copyrights with Cosynd?

It costs $35 to file an application (official Cosynd Partners pay $25 per application) plus the federal filing fees set by the Copyright Office. Cosynd's fee includes the preparation, review, e-filing, and handling of correspondence with the U.S. Copyright Office as needed over the serveral months it takes to obtain a coppyright certificate. Additional U.S. Copyright Office filing fees of $45, $65, or $85 will apply depending on the application type filed. To view the current federal filing fees that will be added to yuor application, click here.

Does Cosynd provide legal advice?

No, Cosynd does not provide legal advice and cannot advise you on legal matters. Cosynd is not your attorney and is not a substitute for an attorney.

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