Any alternatives?

Commonly quoted ‘alternatives’ to registration

‘Poor man’s copyright’ and other solutions.

We are sometimes asked about alternatives to a registration with the UK Copyright Service. Historically there has been a lot of myth and assumption about copyright evidence, but it is precisely because of the poor provision of so called alternatives that this service was established.

The most commonly quoted other methods to establish evidence of copyright are to post a copy of the work to yourself, or to lodge a copy with your bank or solicitor. Both of these methods have flaws, explained below, when compared with UKCS registration, unfortunately they are still rather surprisingly widely quoted as solutions even today.

See how we compare.