Copyright Defense League is a small, but dedicated, team of creators and technologists whose mission is to guide and assist artists to create, manage and enforce copyright of their creative works

Save The Artist ™


Create your artistic works in a way that ensures you will make enough money to enable you to continue creating. The creator's mantra is “When it's created, it's copyrighted”. Each and every person who creates something owns that creation until they assign that right to someone else or unless it is a Work For Hire. In this digital age, the variety of media for creating original works is endless.

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Registering your works with the U.S. Copyright Office is virtually the only protection that artists have. Registration is required to file a copyright complaint in Federal Court. Registering your copyright means you are backed by Federal Law and the Constitution of the United States. And, registration can be done online for a small fee, charged by the U.S. Copyright Office.

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You can control the use and copyright of your creative works by issuing licenses of your works directly and indirectly through stock content agents, by sending DMCA Take Down orders for those who use your works without permission, and by taking legal action against copyright infringement.

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On May 31, 1790, President Washington signed H.R. 43 into law with the following preamble: “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by Securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of Such Copies”

The First Copyright Act
by William F. Patry