Suppose I have a large number of videos and I want to register the copyright on them so others can't copy them and use them.

Instead of paying for each registration alone, is it okay to mix all of them together as one big video and pay once for the registration for this big video, thereby protecting all of the separate videos?

  • This question is about registration of copyright. I think your question should be: "I want copyright registration on 100 of my original videos. Each video is 10 minutes long. To avoid having to pay 100 registration fees, can I concatenate all of the 10 minute videos into one long 16 hour video, and register that single 16 hour video compilation, and thus receive equivalent protection as if I had registered 100 individual copyright registrations on each of the individual 10 minute videos?"
    – Brandin
    Jan 22, 2019 at 8:28

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  • UPDATE: My answer is about the Berne Convention, however the Berne Convention basically only applies outside the country of origin (Art. 5.3). The country of origin is the state where a work is first published (Art. 5.4). As you are from Lebanon, my answer would only apply outside Lebanon if you first publish it in Lebanon. However if you first publish it in another country which signed the Berne Convention, my answer would also apply to Lebanon, but possibly not to that other country.

If you mix your videos into one combined work, the result is copyrighted. But there is not reason to do so, because each separate video is also copyrighted. You don't need to register your works, neither do you need to pay a fee.

The wikipedia article about the Berne Convention explains:

The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, usually known as the Berne Convention, is an international agreement governing copyright, which was first accepted in Berne, Switzerland, in 1886.

The Berne Convention formally mandated several aspects of modern copyright law; it introduced the concept that a copyright exists the moment a work is "fixed", rather than requiring registration. It also enforces a requirement that countries recognize copyrights held by the citizens of all other parties to the convention.

Lebanon joined the Berne Convention on September 30, 1947.

So the Berne Convention also applies to you. That means you have automatically copyright at the moment you create a video. You don't need to do anything to get the copyright.

  • If I shouldn't register my work then if someone steal the work, how do I proof that I am the owner of the work?
    – data
    Jan 20, 2019 at 10:24
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    Copyright under Berne does not require registration, but many jurisdictions offer registration nevertheless. Not only does this make it easier to prove authorship, e.g. in the U.S. prior registration is also a prerequisite for collecting punitive damages from an infringer (only in the case of U.S. copyright – foreign copyright is not disadvantaged and never requires registration). No idea what the situation is in Lebanon, though.
    – amon
    Jan 20, 2019 at 11:28
  • @amon but if I had to register can I mix the 100 videos or 200 videos.....into 1 single big video and only pay once for registration...so that now individual videos are also copyrighted?
    – data
    Jan 20, 2019 at 11:46
  • @data My comment was primarily addressed at a misconception in an earlier version of this answer. I skimmed over the applicable Lebanese copyright law and saw that it lists fees for copyright depositions. But I can't tell you whether deposition of a collection of videos would also count as a deposition of the individual videos. In your place, I'd ask the deposition office for their policy on this.
    – amon
    Jan 20, 2019 at 11:55
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    @amon Under 17 USC 411(a) in the US no infringement lawsuit may be brought for a US-work unless the copyright was first registered. This does not apply to a non-US work, i.e. a work first published outside the US. However, under 17 USC 412 any "award of statutory damages or of attorney’s fees" requires registration, even for non-US works. Jan 21, 2019 at 0:16

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