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In the future what will Binded become?

Binded's mission is to make creativity the world's greatest asset. To support our mission, we're making copyright simple.

Imagine that as soon as you create an image, you have a permanent record that you own the copyright. Then your image is monitored for copyright infringement. If we find an infringement we give you simple actions to take. Also, we help you make money with your copyrighted work.

We're going to do all that and a lot more soon.

Does it cost money to use Binded?

Binded's core functionality will always be free for creators! We want to democratize copyright, giving creators of all sizes the protection they deserve.

Unfortunately, it still costs money to register with the U.S. Copyright Office. For creators that want to register with the USCO, they have to pay the Government fee. We don't profit from the transaction.

If it was up to us, all types of copyright registration would be free!

How will Binded make money?

We think very long-term, it's one of our core company values. Our primary motivation for building Binded is to help creators earn a living from their work.

Fortunately, we have great investors that support our vision and long-term view. That means for now we don't have to focus on making money.

In the future we will make money by creating new opportunities for creators. We will keep a fair piece of that value in return for our efforts.

What is my Binded vault?

Your Binded vault is a private place to store your copyrights. For every image put in your vault, we create a fingerprint and write a permanent record to the bitcoin blockchain.

What file format/size should I upload?

Any image format or size is okay as long as the image is identifiable. In general we recommend uploading hi-res PNG/JPEG/SVG.

How does Binded fit into my workflow?

The best time is when you first create an image, you put it on Binded. We plan on creating integrations with every creative tool to make this seamless for you. So far we have integrations with Instagram and Twitter with plans for a whole lot more.

If you’ve already published your image you still benefit by having a copyright record and our monitoring feature.

Copyright

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection. It applies to tangible things like images, books, movies and music. Copyright does not cover ideas. That’s what patents are for!

Copyright protection is available for original works of authorship, published or unpublished.

When do I own my copyright?

As soon as you create an original image, you own the copyright. 

What does Binded do for me legally?

Binded gives you proof of creation if used when you first create an image. This can help you when sending cease and desist orders or DMCA requests.

To win statutory damages in a lawsuit in America, you need an official U.S. copyright registration. In many other countries registration is not necessary in most cases.

We now support the ability to register with the U.S. Copyright Office with just one click!

U.S. Copyright Registration

How does it work?

When you register with the U.S. Copyright Office for the first time, we collect information necessary for the registration. Including personal information like your address and credit card details.

After you are setup, you can one click register copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office on Binded. We charge your credit card to pay the Government fee and send you a receipt. Your copyright enters a queue to be registered ASAP. Usually it's done in under 24 business hours. We complete all the online forms on your behalf, you don't have to do anything.

Once the U.S. Copyright Office has received your application, we email you proof. Within 6-8 months, you will receive a U.S. Copyright Office certificate in the mail. It's important to note, the date you submitted the copyright is the most important. As long as the copyright registration is not rejected, that's the date that really matters.

How much does it cost?

The U.S. Copyright Office charges a $35 non-refundable fee for individual registrations and $55 for batch registrations. A batch can contain as many images as you like and is often preferable. We don't profit from the transaction.

Who is this for?

This feature is for creators that want to register their own images as simply as possible. We don't support "work for hire" or collaborators yet.

Technology

Will Binded have an API?

Yes, we will release an API that companies and websites can use! We're still determining how soon we will release it.

If you're interested in our API, please let us know! We will add you to our API beta list.

What is the bitcoin blockchain?

The bitcoin blockchain is a distributed database based on the Bitcoin protocol. It maintains a list of data records protected against tampering and revision. Records on the blockchain are permanent.

How does Binded use the blockchain?

For every image registered on Binded, we create a "unique fingerprint" for the file, known as a cryptographic hash. We batch the cryptographic hashes together and write a record to the bitcoin blockchain each day.

We will release an open source tool that allows you to check your record on the blockchain to verify when you registered it.

Why does Binded use the blockchain?

The reasons we use the blockchain are very simple.

First, we strongly believe that creators should own their work. By putting copyright registrations on the blockchain, creators own the record forever.

Secondly, the blockchain is a fraud deterrent. If a criminal makes false copyright registrations on the blockchain, there is a permanent record linking back to them.

How does monitoring work?

Our monitoring feature, currently in beta, shows you where your images are being used on the web. The feature is limited for now but we want to make it really great.

Imagine, for free, having all your images monitored. You are notified in real-time if companies infringe on your copyrights and have easy actions to take to make them stop. That's what we're working on.

How does Binded deal with fraud?

We care deeply about preventing fraud. It's no easy task. To combat fraud, we are building smart fraud detection tools using machine learning. Also, the blockchain is a built in fraud deterrent.

We have other plans on how we will deal with fraud long-term. We'll share more information in the future.