Can I Copyright My Website?

Did you make a website that means something to you? Do you have a website that is financially valuable to you? Either way, it may be a smart option for you to copyright register your website.

Copyright Your Work

All (original work) websites with their content are inherently copyrighted. However, filling out a copyright registration, will mean your website and it’s contents will be protected.

Why it’s important to copyright register your website:
• It is difficult to prosecute copyright offenders without registration
• Copyright registration of your website give you legal protection
• Copyright registration of your website will establish a public record of ownership

Website Changes and Copyright Registration:
• If you have changes on your website after registering, the new content will not be protected
• It’s important to register any new material every couple of months

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Who Can Obtain Copyright?

The author or anyone deriving rights from the author can claim copyright of a work.

Copyright Your Work

The following are good facts to know regarding who can obtain copyright:

• If the situation involves someone made for hire as an employee, the employer will be considered the author.
• Author’s of a joint work are co-owners of the copyright.
• Ownership of an item does not mean the individual has right to claim copyright.
• Minors may claim copyright.
• Works created by authors from other countries may be claimed in US copyright..
• An item can be claimed for copyright if obtained through inheritance.

The process to copyright a work can be tedious and time consuming. As an alternative, professionals at offer an affordable, (not to mention safe and secure) easy way for anyone to obtain copyright protection on works. The process will most likely cost you $89.99 (before tax). For an extra $30, an express service is an available option.

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Can A Minor Copyright A Work?

Do you want to copyright your child’s piece of art? Perhaps you are a minor and want to copyright an item. A minor (anyone under the age of 18) may claim copyright.

The Copyright Office will offer registrations to minors. However, state laws usually regulate the business dealings and operations associated with the item protected by the copyright.

Copyright Your Work

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What Can You and Can’t You Copyright?

Did you write and illustrate a children’s book and now want to protect it by copyright? You can. Did you create a dance routine and want to have it protected by copyright? Unfortunately, you can’t (since it’s not in tangible form).

Copyright Your Work

There are specific laws from the US Copyright Office on what you can and can not copyright.

You can copyright:
1. Anything that is in tangible form that was created by the author’s own intellectual effort including:

  •  Literary works
  • Musical works, including any accompanying words
  • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  • Architectural works
  • Sound recordings
  • Computer Software
  • Poetry
  • Photography
  • Descriptions
  • Pantomimes and choreographic works
  • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works

What you can not copyright:
1. Commonly known information (facts)

  • Examples include calendars, telephone directories, tape measures.

2. Ideas, Methods and Systems

  • Examples include mathematical principles, scientific methods and discoveries, business operations or procedures along with any other process, concept or method of operation.

3. Choreographic Work

  • Choreographic works can not be copyrighted unless it has been videotaped or notated.

4. Fashion

  • Fashion; clothes and accessories fall under “useful articles” in copyright law and can not be copyrighted.

What Does Copyright Mean?

Copyright is a protection form for authors and creators of “original works of authorship”. This copyright protection is placed by the laws of the country and includes musical, literary, artistic, dramatic and other certain creative works.Copyright Your Work

Information regarding copyright that is worth knowing:

  • If a copyright owner has right to prevent others from using, copying, performing if consent is not provided.
  • Anyone may be use material which does not have a copyright protection or other legal protection, without the author’s consent.
  • The copyright owner can produce copies of the work to sell.
  • The copyright owner can produce derivative works.
  • The copyright owner can sell or assign rights to others.
  • In order to copyright a piece of work there are costs involved for engaging legal representation, administrative and the court process. The process also calls for adequate time and energy.

As an alternative, professionals at Legal Central offer an affordable, (not to mention safe and secure) easy way for anyone to obtain copyright protection on works. The process will most likely cost you $89.99 (before tax) and for an extra $30, an express service is an available option.

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Can I Change My Name If I Have A Green Card?

A green card in the United States is a document issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that certifies that a foreign national are have permanent residency in the United States. Under US federal law, permanent residents can in fact legally change their name.

Name Change

Here are a few tips for Green Card Holders Changing Their Name:

  • First legally change name under the state law using our online name change service. Remember: depending on the state, the information regarding immigration will differ.
  • Once your name change is final, replace your old green card with a new green card. It is not legally required but we highly recommend it.

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When we get married can we take on a new last name?

Some states, such as New York, allow married couples to easily adopt a new surname upon marriage which may be, for example, a hyphenated form of the bride’s and groom’s names.
Name Change Process

However, in some states the process to create a new last name upon marriage is more complicated and involves more paperwork than the usual choice  of the woman changing her last name to her husband’s name.

One sure way around the hassle is to use an online service like Legal Central. Why not let us make your chosen last name a reality?

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Why Do People Change Their Name?

Name change typically refers to the legal act by a person of adopting a name different from their name at birth, marriage or adoption. Name changes  are regulated by the state in which you reside.

Name Change Process

There are a variety of reasons why someone would want to change their name. Some reasons derive from tradition and personal beliefs, other reasons are logical and valid. Sometimes, however, people change their name for completely arbitrary, even fanciful reasons.

The top reasons (in no particular order) why people want to change their name:

1. Women Taking Their Husband’s Last Name.

  • A very common tradition and pretty straight forward process.

2. Women Taking Their Maiden Name Back.

  • Upon separation or divorce, women are sometimes eager to go back to their maiden name and abandon their married name.
  •  Most states have an easy transition for women to change their last name back their maiden name.

3. Women Decide To Make Their Maiden Name Their Middle Name.

  • Women who want to keep their maiden name but still share a last name with their family, sometimes decide to change their middle name to their maiden name.

4. Husbands Taking Their Wife’s Last Name

Can I Change My Middle Name to My Maiden Name?

In recent years, many women want to hold on to their maiden name while also having the option to take on their husband’s last name; a perfect catch 22 in short. Some even use their family name in their work while using their married name in their private life.

The best solution to this problem has grown into a popular trend with women in American society; changing the middle name to the maiden name and taking the husband’s last name. This turns out to be a win-win situation for many.

Name Change Process

Before doing so, most women need to find out if this is actually possible and what is involved in this particular name change process.

The following are a few points to remember;

• If you want change your middle name to your maiden name is relatively easy but it
may cost you extra. California, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington will not recognize this change in the standard married name-change process and will bill you for the change.

• Changing both your middle name and last name after marriage makes the process a bit more complicated.

Legal Central can help you in either case.

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Can I Change My Name While Being Sued?

You cannot change your name to avoid being sued. If you are not avoiding a lawsuit or running from the legal system you can change your name while being sued. For example, if you are currently being sued and happen to be getting married at the same time you will most likely be allowed to change your name. The process for changing your name can be time consuming and tedious. However, it can be simplified and done online at for $129.99.

Name Change Process

Before you move forward with your name change, be sure to keep in mind the following points:

• You cannot change your name with fraudulent intent. In other words, if you are changing your name to get away from your creditors, to avoid getting sued, or to run from a crime you’ve committed, you can forget about it.
• You will have to appear in front of a judge in order to change your name.
• In most states, name change goes on public record.
• Depending on the state you are in, you will have to release a public statement of your new name in a newspaper.


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