Havertown, PA asked in Copyright for Pennsylvania

Q: How do I create a non-exclusive license for my copyright? Do I need to report it to the copyright office?

An organization wants to use the curriculum I co-authored.

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Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: You should consider copyrighting your product. Your license is a private contract, unless you are transferring full ownership you should not have to register anything.

Consult with an attorney.

Robert Kost agrees with this answer

Robert Kost
Robert Kost
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Think about registering your copyright on the curriculum with the Copyright Office. It provides a number of benefits:

* Statutory damages if your work is infringed

* Presumption of valid ownership.

* Import protection

* Creates a searchable public record (for others seeking to license from you)

* It is a pre-requisite to suit

You can, if you like, record the license agreement with the Copyright Office and here too, there are a number of benefits. These may be outweighed by the fact that what is recorded is available to the public.

Finally, a non-exclusive license can be created by a contract with the licensee. It's best to have a lawyer assist you with this.

Hope that helps.

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