And thoughts on copyrights.
I don't register my copyrights. I think the whole system is a flagrant waste of time and money and preys on insecure, uneducated and paranoid people.
No one has ever stolen my work, and you may feel free to tell me I'll think differently when it happens. (Or possibly you think no one ever will... I'm fine with that opinion too, though I probably have different reasons for thinking that than you do.)
The pure fact of the matter is that I publish everything, and you don't have to register copyrights to defend them legally, IF you publish. I have multiple on-line galleries, if I'm worried about image-theft of a piece, I'll watermark it one ugly and take the 'ew' comments as my due. I have proof out the wazoo that my work is MY work, and I've never found any reason to bring the government into the mix.
I'm not entirely anti-government, but I am very much 'do and let do.' They don't need their fingers in my business and I don't need to go running to them to cover my butt, thanks.
The registration office is SOLELY for work that is NOT published, for when you need PROOF in court that you are the owner of the work in question but have NO OTHER proof. Maybe if you're doing a Top Secret project that you can't publicly show. But let's be honest... if I showed up in court with my documentation, my lawyer would be all smiles at me, and that art thief would pee themselves. What's more, I've done search after legal search for copyright cases with writeups and the fact of the matter is, most of them don't get that far. 99.9% of 'art theft' is not for profit, and no lawyer will touch those. Those that are for profit rarely make it all the way to or through court... it's called 'settling,' and people do it when the evidence is overwhelming. I have overwhelming evidence. They couldn't claim my work without trying to take my identity. Which has happened, I know, and is ugly and nasty. And registering copyrights wouldn't do any good in that case anyway.
So, the sum? I think registering copyrights is pointless. I don't bother. I double-dog dare you to steal my work. You wouldn't get three steps before I smacked you down and crushed you into a small worthless pile of rubble. I LIKE justified battles. I'm good at them. It's been a long time since I had a good cause to get foam-mouthed over. Or possibly I'm getting all mellow in my advanced age.
Have I mentioned that I'm considering a masters in law? Of course, I also just got off the phone with someone who wants to sell a laser engraving business here in town...
Ramble ramble ramble...