Copyright filing for websites
A website consists of several protectable elements:
- the name of your site, registration of which makes you its owner
- the logo
- the graphic charter
- the concept, structured and organised so that its entire development can be read in your pages: this would be like your site’s “script”.
- The “textual” or visual content of each page, which falls naturally under the author’s rights,
- the databases (structuring of your information system, which is the heart of your processing process) which hold valuable information from you or your registered users.
To protect their site and file the Copyright for their site, computer technicians or Webmasters proceed as follows:
- using their uploading software (FTP), they collect the sources of their site and put them in a compressed file
- Registration of the databases (for example a dump of the database)
- Screenshots of the website pages
Then they file the copyright for their site from Copyright.be, and do a new filing with each update.
A simple upload of the files, within the limits imposed by Web processing lets you register your data, time-stamp them to give them a certain date and prove the anteriority of your author’s rights (your copyright on your Web site).
You have easily protected your copyright and your Web site has been filed. Don’t forget to do a new filing each time content is substantially updated.