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Particularities of copyright registration in the United Kingdom

What are the reasons for using Safe Creative's copyright registration in the UK?

In the UK, there's no need for an application to obtain copyrights. The law automatically grants you copyright upon the creation of your artistic or literary piece. However, if it becomes necessary to assert and uphold your rights, you'll need to provide evidence of having created a work at a specific time in a particular form. Hence, technological evidence can be utilized in the UK and all other countries that are signatories to the Berne Convention, an approach recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Proof of authorship leverages technology to identify the work using three unique cryptographic fingerprints, along with its registration date and time marked by a certified time stamp. This leads to a daily audit process on the blockchain.
Registration is a seamless, online process that operates 24/7 and accepts any file format that enables the work to be identified.

The proofs generated are enduring and will forever be valid.

What technology do we use to create your proofs

The assurance of the registration date and time is of the highest order. It relies on a certified time stamp given by a certification authority, which is technically and administratively independent from Safe Creative, as per the eIDAS Regulation 910 2014. This is redundantly applied to enhance reliability.

The immutability of the registered information is assured by three distinct hashes obtained from the registered file.

These assurances are further strengthened by a daily audit process on the Ethereum blockchain for all documents. This provides additional redundant technical validity in all countries that are signatories to the Berne Convention.


What types of works can I register at Safe Creative?

All creations falling under the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works are safeguarded by copyright law, which includes:

  • Written content: This could be articles, stories, novels, essays, blog posts, web pages, and more.
  • Audiovisual and stage productions: This category includes full-length films, animations, theatrical plays, short films, among others.
  • Musical creations: This encompasses musical compositions, sound recordings, musical notation, and audio art.
  • Artistic creations: This refers to works such as drawings, paintings, designs, 3D models, sculptures, prints, comics, photographs, and more.
  • Design projects: This covers things like engineering or architectural plans, models, and so on.
  • Computer programs and databases: Certain legislations protect source code (in any form of expression), user manuals, technical documentation, graphics, or summaries.

How long do registration proofs last?

The technological evidence produced upon registering is permanent.

The usage of three cryptographic hashes (SHA1, SHA-256, and SHA-512) to identify the work, coupled with two digital timestamps also recorded on the Ethereum blockchain, ensures their unending validity.

Post-registration of a work, you're able to download all proof that you can employ to prove your authorship and any other registered rights, irrespective of whether you continue to use Safe Creative services in the future.


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