Copyright filing?


Copyright filing?


Published February 21, 2023


What is a Copyright filing?


Filing is the act of placing under seal with a ministerial official (court bailiff or notary) a digital or digitalised file, which will be registered in the official register of said official. These files are required to be kept for 30 years (until 30-year prescription).

This filing and registration of the act are placed in a directory of acts called “minutes,” in which all acts are notarised, i.e., registered and traceable.

The term applied to a file that has been registered by a court bailiff is “filing.” The file is said to have been “filed” when the bailiff attests to its registration and sends the customer an affidavit concerning the filing of the file.

The value of the registration and filing of the file by the ministerial official lies in the certainty of the registration date and the content (it is an official act because the bailiff is a “representative” of the State for establishing acts, including reporting and retrieving them, for example).

The filing by the court bailiff is used to certify the registration date and to make certain that a ministerial official keeps the act over time (30 years, since this is required by law).

2- Copyright

Outside the USA, Copyright is the term referring to the author’s rights associated with the creation or work (artistic, literary, musical, visual). This right exists naturally, from the fact of creation. The creator, who owns this creation, has a right whose precise and real existence he cannot prove under the criteria of anteriority and total content without using an authentication system with strong evidentiary value. The copyright and hence the collection of the royalties associated with this creation can therefore be called into question without irrefutable proof.

Copyright filing is therefore the act that makes it possible to register a creation officially so as to prove its existence and possession (intellectual possession and property) of this author’s right called the Copyright.

Registering your work and proving its copyright by a court bailiff is a process that facilitates through online access and an important gain in productivity.