How to Copyright a Powerpoint Presentation

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Your PowerPoint presentation is copyrighted the moment you create it. Unlike ideas, systems or methods of operation, a PowerPoint is a tangible work that is afforded full copyright protection. Although your PowerPoint presentation is already technically copyrighted, you may want a more formal copyright procedure to protect your work. Formally copyrighting your PowerPoint presentation gets your creation on public record and affords you better protection in a court of law.

Register with the United States Department of Copyright's Electronic Copyright Office to submit your copyright online.

Log into your account and then click "Register a New Claim."

Click "Start Registration."

Follow the interview style questionnaire about the PowerPoint you want to register. You will be asked questions about you, your work, the title of the PowerPoint and when the PowerPoint was created. Finally, you'll be asked to upload the PowerPoint to the system.

Pay the filing fees. As of June, 2011 the filing fee is $35.

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