Do you need to copyright your work?
The Copyright ACT of 1976 was enacted October 19, 1976. It basically stated that all work was copyrighted (protected) the moment it was “fixed in any tangible medium.” (That is, on paper, computer, audible, video, etc.).
It seems that’s fine as long as you don’t intend to sue anyone for copyright infringement.
Just recently the Supreme Court decided you cannot sue unless you have a copyright registration certificate for the work. That’s a registration certificate, not just that you’ve applied for one. (It used to be a writer would apply for one if/when someone infringed on the work.)
Go to the following sites for more information.
It took me several months before I received the actual certificate for the book I recently registered. You can sue once you receive that certificate, but if it’s several months after you discover the infringement, that’s not good.
Some writers have said it only took 2-3 months before they received their certificates, but if there’s a rush on the Copyright office…well, you can guess what that will mean.
One more worry for writers.