Site uses digital fingerprint solution

A new online service launches today that will enable screenwriters, songwriters, authors, journalists and others to instantly document and register their intellectual property and creative works 24 hours a day for a modest fee.

The founders of the online registry assert that anyone with a computer can “build a first layer of defense” in protecting their written, graphic, audio and video works by punching up firstuse.com.

“Our users can take instant credit for their work,” said firstuse.com co-founder Cliff Michaels, who helped unveil the service during a Wednesday morning press briefing.

Users of the service are asked first to set up an account at http://www.firstuse.com.

For those interested in just a single transaction, the cost is $15. Transactions can also be purchased in books of three for $25, books of 10 for $70, booklets of 25 for $150 and 100 for $450.

Once registered, the firstuse.com software creates a digital fingerprint of the selected file. It’s then encrypted with a time/date stamp and stored as a digital certificate.

“In our system, the document cannot be altered or back-dated,” Michaels said. “The digital fingerprint is absolute.”

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