How to register a creative work with Patamu Registry


Here is a brief guide to take you step-by-step through the registration of your work:

  • Select Protect new work from the drop-down menu under your username, on the top-right corner.
  • You might be asked to complete your profile in case any information required to properly register your work is missing. Please use your real data, as shown on your ID, and be careful that they are spelled correctly. Incorrect data may result in the invalidation of the timestamp.

Now you have to fill in the details of your work:

  • TYPE: you can specify one of the default categories for your work, e.g. music or text, or you can select other and specify your own category.
  • AUTHORS: if you're not the only author, you can specify more authors, but they must be Patamu users (a free Starter account is enough). You can specify which type of contribution it was and to what extent they contributed to the work - from 0 to 100. 
  • WORK: your work's name
  • LICENSE: under which license you intend to distribute your work. You can choose Creative Commons licenses or closed licenses with the wording "all right reserved" or "no associated license". Read more here.

  • STATUS: here you can specify whether your work is a draft, final or anything in between. This choice does not affect the registration process as it does not show in the declaration of paternity. It is supposed to serve as an indication for the author to easily identify the status of the work at the time of registration. It will also be used in more services which we will release in the future to better organise registered works.
  • NOTE FOR AN ADVANCED USE (relevant to those who plan to register the same work at different stages): if you intend to register a work as a draft, at a later stage you can register it once again specifying that it is a child of the draft previously registered, through the option "this work derives from other works". We provide 4 different states to identify the progress of a work: draft, advanced draft, almost final and final. You can of course register more that one version of your work in the same state: for instance you can register 2 drafts, 3 almost final versions, as well as more than one final version. You can decide any of your registered states to be the parent of a specific version of your final work. Keep in mind that any update corresponds to a new deposit.
  • FILE: upload your document or creative work in any file format. You can add an extra file too, clicking on the next button. An extra file could be, for example, the lyrics of a song in .txt format.
  • IS YOUR WORK DERIVED FROM ANOTHER ONE? This option lets you specify if your work derives from another work, which can be yours or someone else's. For instance, you can specify that your final work derives from a registered draft of yours. Or that your work derives from a work released in public domain, or under a license that allows you to derive or adapt it, as the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licenses. In such case, you only need to specify the Patamu license number of the parent work, or a series of other information that identities such parent work in case it is not registered on Patamu: name of the work, link at which it can be found/listened to/downloaded, type of the work and license under which it is released, collecting society or registry by which it is deposited, description of the work, first and last name of the main author (irrespective of whether they are more than one or a group), e-mail address of the main author or collective group.
  • APPLY TIMESTAMP: you are asked to agree to the disclaimer and if you want to add an alias/pseudonym.
  • CONFIRM AND GENERATE TIMESTAMP: after checking the data you put in is correct and that the trial view of your declaration of authorship contains no mistakes, you can click on the button and generate your timestamp. 

  • TIMESTAMP VERIFICATION: if you want to verify yourself that the timestamp applied to your work is valid, you can do so by following the instructions on our web site.

  • DONE! Now that you have obtained a declaration of paternity for your work, you can safely share it as much as you like.