Most popular frequently asked questions about copyright registration.
1. What are the advantages of copyright registration in the SciReg system for the author?
Answer: The author immediately registers his/her priority for a work, and deposits materials (or a major part of these materials) of this work. A brief description (synopsis, summary, author’s abstract) of the works becomes accessible to all visitors of the register. Hereinafter, if you decide to somehow dispose of your work – sell, lend, will if any disputable situation arises, the SciReg certificate will confirm that it is you who are the author of this work and the exact date of your registration.

 2. What material can I register as the author?
Answer: Any work, the author of which you actually are. It can be a text material, drawing, invention and its description, technology, commercial idea, any text material, research article, theory, hypothesis, any music material, any program code, any graphic picture, photo, or video.

 3. How safe is registration in the SciReg system? Is there any hack or deletion of the system materials possible? Is there any modification in the author’s data possible?
Answer: The registration process is absolutely secure, and any hack of the system has no sense. Copyright is not time-limited, indestructible by nature and cannot be rejected from the author. Apart from depositing and backup of files of the author’s materials, a number of bank transactions through different banks and checkout system are performed during registration. These bank accounts and checkout are absolutely independent, and their information cannot be modified either generally or separately. All transactions specify the payer’s name and part of the payer’s details, as well as the purpose of payment. 
Thus, it is required for the payment to be made by a payment card, banking or electronic private account of the author. In this case, complete legal and information security will be provided.

4. Can the SciReg certificate be evidence in business, jurisdictional disputes, courts and arbitration courts?
Answer: Certainly, it can be. Moreover, in case of any dispute, the parties or court may request and receive not only a copy of the certificate and deposited materials, but also copies of these transactions.

 5. If some work has several authors, what will be specified in the certificate and how are transactions (payments) made?
Answer: Authors are indicated in corresponding text fields of the author’s form to be filled in on a corresponding page. The only difference is that the payment should be made from the banking account of any declared author. However, it is strongly recommended that the authors of such material enter into an additional agreement in any legitimate written form. This agreement should be also deposited in the SciReg system as a separate registered file with corresponding annotation.

 6. Is any unfair registration possible, i.e. somebody not being the author of the work maliciously registers this work under his/her name?
Answer: Theoretically, it is possible but it has no practical sense since unfair registration itself forms an element of crime, which is easy to prove. By performing unfair registration, the person not being the actual author of the work acknowledges the fact of crime, which implies penalties established by the judicial and legal system of the country, where the court proceeding will be held.

 7. When the author registers his/her work, he/she receives a certificate, and if later it turns out that a person unknown to the author registers in the SciReg system, or otherwise registers entirely or essentially similar work at an earlier date, what will legal implications look like?
Answer: The priority will belong to the author, who has registered his/her material earlier. The SciReg system does not analyze the content of materials submitted for registration. The SciReg system registers the exact date, name and other details of the author, and deposits his/her work (or its part). The SciReg system is not designed to compare any author’s materials.

 8. Is copyright registration a substitution for patenting?
Answer: Copyright registration ensures absolute information security of the author against any malicious attempts to use the results of his/her work without his/her consent. Copyright registration in the SciReg system enables the author to carry out any operations with his/her material – sell, transfer, store, will, etc. Copyright (or scientific, technical, artistic priority) remains with the author forever. The author may dispose of his/her material in any manner on a simple contractual basis. The patent right regulates copyright only partially as regards to commercial use of the author’s product.

9. Somebody has registered my work earlier than me and has indentified himself/herself as the author. How can I prove my authorship?
Answer: First, perform your own registration in the SciReg system, and immediately apply to the court. Your evidence, certificate and other documents of the SciReg system, as well as your personal evidence of authorship – rough copies, earlier published materials on the subject, other evidence in your disposal that prove your position will be submitted to the court. Also, your opponent’s materials, i.e. documents of the SciReg system will be submitted to the court. In this case, the court will detect evident and proved elements of crime in the activities of your opponent, and inflict penalty for the guilty party in accordance with the legislation of the suitor court’s country.

 10. What is the meaning of the RIA index in the SciReg system – revolutionary index, and what effect does it have on copyright?
Answer: The RIA index has no effect on the author’s right or displaying of his/her materials on the website. It is an indirect measure that represents subjective evaluation by moderators of registered materials. On the other part, the RIA index in the SciReg system provides preselection according to the revolutionary degree / confirmation level of registered materials.

 11. How can I sell/grant/will my copyright to another person? How can I do it? 
Answer: You can only dispose of the product – material registered in the SciReg system using any methods that you consider appropriate. Usually, it is done under a simple contractual law and in accordance with the legislation of the country, where the concluded contract is executed.

 12. Can I block the access to the main material of my work and make free access only to the description made by the author (synopsis, summary, author’s abstract) or entirely hide my publication from displaying?
Answer: Certainly, the author is entitled to dispose of his/her material in any manner. You can also block the access to it. However, we recommend to make the description open for public so in future authors working in similar areas would be able to get acquainted with him/her and would avoid duplication of materials.

13. If I’ve created a graphic picture, for example a logo, trademark or some other graphic object, do I have to draw up its description or it is sufficient to publish a preview? If I’ve created a piece of music, should I deposit a musical notation or an archived music file will be enough?
Answer: Both for graphics and pieces of music and in addition to the preview, we strongly recommend making a simple and concise textual description, which will be indexed by our search engine designed for texts only.
Any commonly used JPG, GIF format can be used as an image preview; the preview size should not exceed 100 Kb. It will be enough to publish a part of your work at low bitrate as a preview for your piece of music; its size should not exceed 100 Kb.
If you have a music record at high bitrate, you can deposit an archive; its size should not exceed 7 MB. 
For graphics – any graphic format or archive that you consider appropriate; its size should not exceed 7 MB.

14. I’ve created a website content or article for a magazine, or image for a broadcast. It has been made for the customer on a commercial basis – how will the SciReg system assist me in protecting my rights in case of the customer’s unfairness?
Answer: The SciReg system is quite effective in such cases. Whatever breaches of the contract on the part of your customer are, your copyright registered in the SciReg system will be completely protected. And your customer has no right to use somehow the author’s material till you (author) and your customer come to a mutual agreement. In case of a proved breach of your copyright (use of your own product, in full or in part, without your consent), there will be a very serious situation of legal liability to you as regards to unauthorized use of the author’s materials with appropriate compensations in your favor.

15. Can I sell my author’s materials (inventions, images, discoveries) using your resource?
Answer: A properly composed name and a description facilitate the interest of potential customers or clients. Also, we recommend providing true contact details for potential clients or investors to contact you. If you do not want to make free access to your contact data, potential clients can communicate to the SciReg system about their interests in the author’s material, and the SciReg system will provide transfer of the customer’s contact information to the author. This service is free.

16. Can I register in the SciReg system my copyright on photographic images, photo collection, video material, music file?
Answer: Yes, of course. However, because of the specifics of the object itself, there is no sense in depositing a full-size (full resolution) material in the SciReg system, a preview will be enough. The registration in the SciReg system will enable you to immediately send confirmation of your authorship to the customer or any third party. 

17. What is the maximum volume of the deposited material? 
Answer: The maximum volume of the deposited material is 7 MB. We recommend using RAR, ZIP, 7ZIP archivers to accelerate the uploading process and reduce the volume of the deposited material. 

18. What is the maximum volume of the description (synopsis, summary, author’s abstract)? 
Answer: The maximum volume of the description is 1,000 characters. In case of graphic files, photos, videos, it is advisable to upload a preview file in addition to the description. A properly made description will assist other users, as well as your potential customers, to find your material much easier.

19. How should I name my material correctly? 
Answer: Think thoroughly of the name for your material. The name size should not exceed 100 symbols, and should exactly represent the content of the author’s material. The name cannot be changed at a later stage. 

 20. Can I modify the description of my material later?
Answer: Yes, you can enter the control panel using your own account and modify the description of any material of yours. A new description will be activated after additional confirmation by E-mail. 

21. In case of the author’s death or incapacity confirmed by a court decision, how will the right of inheritance be transferred as regards to copyright? 
Answer: Inheritance, as well as transfer of rights from the incapable person is carried out in accordance with the existing property law of the author’s country, and in accordance with the legislation of this country. 

22. In what formats are the author’s materials accepted for depositing in the SciReg system?
Answer: Author’s materials up to 1 MB are accepted for depositing in uncompressed form, materials of bigger size – in RAR, ZIP, 7ZIP archives except for any program codes (including fragments). They are accepted only in RAR, ZIP, 7ZIP formats irrespective of their size.

23. Is any leakage of critical scientific, creative information possible to third parties during copyright registration? 
Answer: The SciReg system ensures absolute confidentiality and operational efficiency during registration of the author’s material. The user is entitled not only to block free access to the author’s material; he/she is also entitled to carry out any type of coding or other cryptoprotection of the registered material. The SciReg system will store the material description prepared by the author, and his/her registration data, as well as main characteristics of the uploaded material – file size, registration date, transaction data. Traditional patenting, scientific publication, and patent examining are quite prolonged and complicated procedures, when many people somehow gain access to the author’s information, and may use the author’s materials for malicious purposes.

24. Additional information about general copyright and patent right.
Answer: The SciReg certificate entirely protects the author’s exclusive intellectual property right.
The exclusive right to the author’s work appears by virtue of its creation by the author. Issuance of the SciReg certificate is a voluntary and formal procedure. During the registration process, the application is checked for its conformance to the formal requirements, and the author’s material is registered if the form is filled in properly.
Copyright is valid for 70 years after the author’s death. The patent is issued for a period of 8 to 20 years. In most cases, you cannot extend the validity of your patent.
  Patent right and copyright similarity and difference.
1. Copyright does not protect the idea; it protects the form of its implementation (scenario, artwork, computer program, opera, etc.). A patent right protects technical implementation of the idea, operational principle, and methods to achieve the result.
2. A patent right is valid on a certain territory (patent registered in one country has no force in some other country and vice versa). Copyright protects intellectual property everywhere.
3. For patent right objects (inventions, useful models, industrial prototypes), the decisive characteristics are modernity, inventive level, industrial applicability, and possibility for serial production whereas for copyright objects – patent (one object is created independently and irrespective of others).

 25. Who can be considered as the author?
Answer: The author is a physical person, who has used his/her creative labor to create the work.

26. What is considered to be a copyright object?
Answer: Copyright objects are works of science, literature and art being the result of creative activities irrespective of their purpose or merits, expression methods, as well as derivatives of such works (translations, adaptations, annotations, abridgements, summaries, reviews, stage versions, arrangements, and other revisions of the works of science, literature and art) and collections (encyclopaedias, anthologies, data bases) and other aggregate works representing the result of creative labor by selection or arrangement of materials. 
Copyright covers materials made open or not made open to the public, in case they exist in some objective form.
Copyright covers ideas, methods, processes, systems, methods, concepts, principles, discoveries, facts, messages about events and facts of information nature.

27. What does the symbol © mean and what is its status?
Answer: The symbol © is an integral part of the copyright mark consisting of the following three elements:
* symbol ©; 
* name of the owner of the exclusive copyright; 
* date of the first publication.
The owner of the exclusive copyright is not obliged to include the copyright mark in each copy of his/her publication. Absence of © does not mean that this publication has no author or that it (its elements) can be used freely.

28. What are the author’s rights?
right to be acknowledged as the author of the publication (right of authorship);
right to use or permit using a material under the author’s actual name, pseudonym or without a name, i.e. anonymously (right on name);
right to disclose or permit disclosure of his/her material in any form (disclosure right), including right of withdrawal;
right to protect the material, including its name, against any falsification or other infringement that may impair the author’s honor and dignity (right to protect the author’s reputation);
refuse from the previous decision to disclose his/her material;
perform or permit the following activities:
1. reproduce his/her material (reproduction right);
2. distribute material copies by any means: sell, lease, etc. (distribution right);
3. import his/her material counterparts for the purpose of distribution, including counterparts made by authority of the owner of exclusive copyright (import right);
4. show his/her material in public (right of public display);
5. perform his his/her material in public (stage right);
6. communicate his/her material (including show, execution or broadcast) for general public by broadcasting and/or subsequent broadcasting (broadcast right);
7. communicate his/her material (including show, execution or broadcast) for general public by cable, wire or other similar means (right to communicate for general public by cable);
8. translate his/her material (right to translate);
9. alter, arrange or otherwise modify his/her material (right to alter).

29. What are the cases when a publication can be used without the author’s consent?
Answer: A material may be used without the author’s consent and without payment of the author’s royalty, but with mandatory indication of the author’s name, whose material is used, and the source of borrowing:
1. quotation in the original and in translations for scientific, research, polemic, critical, and information purposes from legally disclosed materials in the volume justified by the quotation purposes, including reproduction of extracts from newspaper and magazine articles in the form of press reviews;
2. use of legally disclosed materials and their extracts as illustrations in educational publications, radio and TV programs, audio and video records in the volume justified by the stated objective;
3. reproduction in newspapers, broadcast or message by cable for general public of legally published in newspapers or magazines articles covering current economic, political, social and religious issues or broadcast materials of the same nature, provided that such reproduction, broadcast or message by cable are not expressly prohibited by the author;
4. reproduction in newspapers, broadcast or message by cable for general public, of pronounced in public politic speeches, addresses, reports and other similar materials in the volume justified by the information purposes. However, the author reserves the right to publish such materials in collected books;
5. reproduction or communication for general public in reviews of current events by photographic means, broadcast or communication for general public by cable of materials, which become seen or heard in the process of such events, in the volume justified by the information purposes. However, the author reserves the right to publish such materials in collected books;
6. reproduction of legally disclosed materials, without deriving of profit, by the embossed alphabet or other specific methods for the blind, except for the materials specially created for such reproduction methods.

30. If my work has been created long before the registration in the Scireg system, the date of authorship will be the actual date of registration and file depositing in the system actual, according to the certificate? 
Answer: Yes, if you don’t have evidence of your authorship of an earlier date. You can specify in the synopsis (description, summary, author’s abstract) an earlier date when your work was created (true date), if you have the above-mentioned evidence, and you are ready to make them available at any time in case of a dispute with other authors. In any case, the certificate and registration will be fixed at the date of file uploading (depositing).

31. Can I register several publications concurrently, in a single package, and upload (deposit) them as a single archive?
Answer: Unfortunately, it is impossible and the reason is as follows. The copyright is registered per ONE particular material, which has a unique individual name and a unique description (synopsis, author’s abstract). All these parts along with the deposited archive constitute a single package and thus the material can be uniquely identified.

32. How to name my material correctly and how to make up a proper description (synopsis, author’s abstract)?
Answer: The name should uniquely indicate the essence and nature of the material; the description should be brief and maximum informative. When an author’s abstract is made up, it is expedient to use, mainly, verbs and nouns, whereas adjectives should be used minimally, only in the worst extremity. It is recommended to refrain from emotional and non-informative collocations. 

33. How do you regulate publication of erotic materials?
Answer: Texts and images of erotic nature are published only in the form of a brief abstract and in no event can be published. Attempts to publish such materials are senseless; they will be categorically removed by moderators from public access, and only brief descriptions will be made available for open access. The decision as regards to what published materials are of erotic or other nature is taken by the website moderators once and for all. 

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1. The Parties of this Public Offer (paid service agreement), hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement” or “Offer”, are, as follows:
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b) Customer is a person, who accepts this Offer and who is the author of any publication.

Article 2. Acceptance.
1. The Customer shall accept this Offer in case of and after the following activities:
a) fill in and send to the Executor an application in electronic format in the form established by this Agreement and posted on the Executor’s official website; and
b) provide the author’s abstract specifying what material was created by the author; and
c) provide a list of all key words (tags) that enable finding the location of the author’s abstract of the Customer on the Executor’s website; and
d) post (“upload”) the material itself on the Executor’s official website; and
e) pay for the Executor’s services in the amount and following the procedure set forth by this Agreement.
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Article 3. Scope of the Agreement.
1. The Executor hereof shall render services on establishing, formation and maintenance of the Copyright register in electronic format on the Executor’s official website in Internet.
2. The Executor hereof shall render to the Customer paid services on posting (publishing) of information about the applicant as the author of the material under the terms and in accordance with this Agreement.
3. The work of authorship shall be understood by the Parties as a subject matter of copyright established by the Civil Code or other laws of the Author’s Country of domicile. 
4. The Executor shall publish information (data), hereinafter referred to as the “summary”, about the applicant as the author of the material in the Register posted on the Executor’s official website in Internet under the terms set forth by this Agreement.
5. The Executor shall be entitled, at his own discretion and without coordination with the Customer, to assign his obligations for execution of this Agreement to any third party, and the Customer unconditionally agrees with this provision.

Article 4. Register.
1. The Register shall be an ordered and standardized register containing a summary of the Customer: Author’s information, including co-authors, name of the work of authorship, publication date, author’s abstract revealing the content of the work of authorship and its unique character, as well as a unique number of posting in the Register assigned to the author and his/her material automatically by the Executor, key words (tags) that enable any person to find information about the author and his/her publication posted in the Register on the Executor’s official website in Internet.
2. The author’s abstract shall be a brief description of the author’s publication designating its unique character and showing that the Customer is its author.
3. The Register shall be maintained in electronic form on the Executor’s official website in Internet.
4. Information about the author, work of authorship and other information required by the rules for information posting in the Register, set forth by the Executor, except for the unique number, shall be posted by the Customer individually on the Executor’s official website in Internet.
5. Both the Register and the official website shall be the Executor’s property.
6. Any and all information posted by the Customer in the Register in accordance with the terms set forth by this Agreement shall be the Executor’s property. Hereby, the Customer shall not transfer copyright for his/her work of authorship to the Executor.
7. The rules for maintenance of the Register, its execution, posting of any details (information) in it shall constitute Appendix 1 to this Agreement forming an integral part hereof. The rules shall be issued exclusively by the Executor. The Executor, without coordination with the Customer and the Customer’s consent, shall have the right to make any changes in and/or amendment to the Register maintenance rules and the Customer unconditionally agrees with this provision. The Register maintenance rules shall be unconditionally mandatory for the Customer.

Article 5. Obligations of the Parties.
1. The Parties hereto shall (hereby shall be obliged to) unconditionally, voluntarily, conscientiously, and accurately follow all provisions of this Agreement, as well as any and all supplements, amendments and/or alterations hereto made under the terms set forth by this Agreement.
2. The Customer shall pay for the Executor’s services following the procedure and in the amount established by this Agreement.
3. The Customer, in contemplation of his/her death, shall be obliged to bind defendants to the terms of this Agreement.
4. If the Customer’s copyright is assigned to a third party, he/she shall be obliged to bind such third party to his/her obligations hereunder.
5. The Customer shall have an exclusive right to refer, in any form, to his/her summary (synopsis, author’s abstract) posted in the Register on the Executor’s official website in Internet in case of complete and fair execution of his/her obligations under this Agreement.

Article 6. Payment for the Executor’s services. Agreement price.
1. The Customer shall pay for the Executor’s services following the procedure and in the amount established by the provisions of this Article.
2. The price for one posting by the applicant of one his/her summary in the Register shall be 20 (twenty) US Dollars – price of this Agreement.
3. The procedure for paying the amount set forth by this Article of the Agreement shall be determined in Appendix 1 to this Agreement.
4. The applicant shall pay the amount stated in para 2 of this Article (pay for the Executor’s service) to the Executor at the time of registration.
5. The amounts paid hereunder by the Customer to the Executor shall be nonreturnable.
6. Each Party shall individually pay any and all own taxes, duties and/or fees established by the legislation of the Party in connection with execution of the terms hereof by the Party. Neither party shall be a fiscal agent of the other Party.

Article 7. Withdrawal from the Agreement.
1. The Customer shall be entitled to withdraw from execution of this Agreement in the form of non-payment of a next settlement set forth by this Agreement.
2. The Executor shall have the right, including in his sole discretion, to withdraw from execution of this Agreement without reimbursement to the Customer of any expenses and/or losses (damages), as well as without payment of any penalty and/or penalty fee and/or any other forfeit, and the Customer unconditionally and entirely agrees with this provision, in the following case (cases):
a) failure to pay by the Customer for the services to the Executor in the amount and under the terms set forth by this Agreement; and/or
b) provision of false information by the Customer; and/or
c) any other technical reasons.

Article 8. Information sharing. 
1. Unless otherwise provided for in this Agreement, the Parties hereto may share information, and this information for the Parties shall be regarded as official, by phone, fax, sms, Skype, via e-mail and/or in writing (in hard copy). 
2. The Parties hereto may share documents and these documents shall be legally effective for the Parties and considered properly received by the Parties by fax, Skype, via e-mail, in writing in hard copy, unless otherwise provided for in this Agreement. A signature affixed to the document forwarded by any Party via e-mail shall be accepted by the Parties. A signature affixed to the document forwarded by any Party by fax shall be accepted by the Parties. A signature affixed to the document forwarded by any Party via Skype shall be accepted by the Parties.
3. Along with the afore-mentioned, the Parties may have electronic documentary interchange and affix their electronic digital signatures (EDS) on any and all documents.

Article 9. Arbitration.
1. All disputes arising between the Parties in relation to interpretation of this Agreement and/or execution of this Agreement shall be settled by the Parties in the form of bilateral negotiations. 
2. If the Parties fail to reach a compromise during negotiations, they shall settle their dispute in the arbitration court (arbitration) of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of British Virgin Islands.
3. As the rules of procedural law based on which the Parties shall settle their dispute, the Parties shall accept the rules of arbitration court (arbitration) of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of British Virgin Islands.
4. As the rules of substantive law based on which the Parties settle their dispute, the Parties shall accept this Agreement and rules of international agreements (conventions) regulating copyright legal relationship.

Article 10. Other terms and conditions.
1. This Agreement is made in written and electronic form, in one counterpart, which: 
a) Agreement in writing is kept in the Executor’s office, and 
b) posted in electronic form on the Executor’s official website in Internet.
2. Alteration, amendments and/or supplements to this Agreement shall be made in written and electronic form by the Executor individually, in a single hard counterpart and a single electronic counterpart posted on the official website in Internet and the Customer unconditionally agrees with this provision. 
3. Changes in this Agreement shall be made by the Executor as a new version of the Agreement.
4. If the Customer disagrees with new terms and conditions, he/she shall have a right to withdraw from the Agreement following the procedure and terms set forth by this Agreement.


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