singular image (tintype &c ) or negative do you copyright ( or non- us equiv ) ? do you REGISTER the copyright your work ( or non-usa protection of work created ) ? i have copyrighted my assignment/commerical work on and off for a long while after a deadbeat company i worked with decided they had the right to take my work and not for pay using it ... its a long sad story about crafty lawyers, strength, and ignorance but you learn the hard way that without the certification from the LOC/copyright office you are pretty much screwed so this isn't a thread about the benefits and need of copyright for commercial work ... the reason i ask is because soon i will be harvesting a group of photographs and the finished work will include the negatives as well as the finished print/s and i worry a little bit that if the negative is included some joker might attempt to use it, and claim that it is theirs to make prints from, when it isn't ... yes, you heard/read me right, i will be including the negative ( the first generation photograph ) because i don't do editions and after the prints are made i really have no use for them, and i am too-lazy to cut or burn them ... you probably don't, but if you include the negative with the finished work ( tintypests, ambrotypists, daguerreotypistts, antotypists, luminists &c ) would you copyright it? would you copyright each individual image along with the negative? would you copyright the finished work ( 4-5-6 images together) ? thanks! john ps. i know i put this in the ethics/philosophy forum, not really sure where it would go, so if the mods want to move it, please move it.