And People Wonder Why We Are Labled “Crazy Americans”

I’ve been turning more to writing lately and have recently cleaned up quite a few scripts I have sat on over the years. Naturally, I am at the point to have them all registered with the U.S. Copyright Office so I can then submit them to my agent.

I was messing around on the website and decided to read through their “Frequently Asked Questions” page for the sole reason I am a nerd. Thank the Lord I did, because how else would I have found out the following has been asked so many times it required a frequent answer.

How do I protect my sighting of Elvis?

Copyright law does not protect sightings. However, copyright law will protect your photo (or other depiction) of your sighting of Elvis. File your claim to copyright online by means of the electronic Copyright Office (eCO). Pay the fee online and attach a copy of your photo. Or, go to the Copyright Office website, fill in Form CO, print it, and mail it together with your photo and fee. For more information on registration a copyright, see SL-35. No one can lawfully use your photo of your sighting, although someone else may file his own photo of his sighting. Copyright law protects the original photograph, not the subject of the photograph.

I have no words for this.

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