CXIP: Copyright Registrations + NFTs

Public Service Announcement for Artists:

Non-fungible tokens (NFT) provide proof that you are the owner of an artwork, but that will not give you the one thing you actually need in order to enforce your rights: copyright registration.

For more than a decade, I have been an intellectual property lawyer working with some of the biggest artists in the world. I protect and enforce their rights against would-be infringers, copycats, and corporations stealing artwork and not paying for it. Some of my cases have established rulings that pushed forward artists’ rights, especially for graffiti and street art.

In all of my years working with artists, one major issue stands out:

Most artists do not register copyrights for their artwork. This means they cannot legally enforce their rights.

We want to change that.

Why do you need a copyright registration?

In a landmark decision in 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an artist may not sue an infringer unless the artist has registered their copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Moreover, if you register your copyright before your work is infringed, you are entitled to wide ranging rights which are enormously advantageous. For example, you can recover automatic monetary damages, and even potentially make the infringer pay all of your attorneys’ fees. That’s huge.

Copyright 101

Copyright is a subset of intellectual property that defines a group of exclusive rights owned by the creator of an original artwork. These exclusive rights include the right to reproduce the artwork, the right to make derivative works, and the right to make and sell copies of the artwork (like physical prints and NFTs), among others.

As soon as you create your original work of art, whether a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, illustration, or digital artwork, you instantly have a ‘common law’ unregistered copyright for that work. In other words, you have a basic copyright as soon as the ‘paint’ dries.

Even so, to actually enforce your rights, there is another step you now must take: register your work with the United States Copyright Office.

Remember, a registered copyright is the only thing that will grant you exclusive legal rights and enforceable benefits for your artwork.

The U.S. copyright registration legacy system is antiquated and overly complicated. This has prompted artists to give up on registering copyrights or pay thousands of dollars for lawyers to do it. That is unacceptable.

A Better Solution Exists:

Enter CXIP.IO, a platform that lets any artist complete a copyright application in less than 5 minutes during the minting process.

Fill out the information, upload your art, and you’re done.

The platform is designed for all original images and works of visual art. This includes paintings, graphic designs, drawings, photographs, illustrations, sculptures, street art, and digital crypto ‘NFT’ art.

This first step on its own is enough to protect your work.

We Took Minting a Step Further.

CXIP will let you instantly submit a copyright application during the NFT minting process.

Registration + tokenization provides the most secure double-layer protection and management for your intellectual property rights.

This multilayer approach will create the most advanced IP rights management protocol on the planet, while simultaneously creating safer NFT marketplaces.

We believe this is the future of copyright protection.

Protect your work. Monetize your IP.

Get Involved

Whether you are a painter, street artist, illustrator, graphic designer, sculptor, digital artist, photographer, IP lawyer, NFT collector, or Crypto enthusiast, we want to hear from you.

We’re working on a governance layer and token. More updates soon.





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