Please be advised that there is no provision in the copyright law or the practices of the Copyright Office regarding any type of protection known as the “poor man’s copyright.” The mere act of placing a copy in the mail addressed to oneself does not secure statutory copyright protection for the work, nor will it serve as a substitute for registration of a claim to copyright in this Office in terms of legal and evidentiary value.
Quote above is from the U.S. Copyright Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-infringement.html
It only costs $35-$55 to protect your creative work by registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office.
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.
See also: other blog posts on related topics – “Copyright Protection Only Costs $35“; “It is a MYTH that Copyright Registration is Expensive“; “How to Write a Copyright Notice and Why To Use It“; and the U.S. Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov; @iplegalfreebies and www.kasterlegal.com.