Copyright & Patents/copyright original cartoon characters
i have a few of my own cartoon characters that i'm interested in copyrighting just in case someone takes them and claims them as their own. do i have to pay to submit each character, or can i copyright them all at once?
Works that you are seeking to protect by copyright can generally be protected collectively.
This so so for poems, songs, characters or other works of art, or computer programs.
The U.S. Copyright Office has an excellent website at http://www.copyright.gov/
The site is quite user friendly. These forms are available online and you can fill them out yourself without need for counsel.
There is also technical support available - see Technical Support for Online Registration or Preregistration http://www.copyright.gov/help/index.html#technical
You may also want to consider trademark protection for some of your best characters. For example, Disney has "Mickey Mouse" registered as a copyright and a trademark.
Good luck with your registrations, Kara.
My best regards,
--Gerald R. Black
Attorney and Counselor