You have to register your work with the federal government to protect your work
Not true! The moment you create your work and fix it in a "tangible medium of expression," your work is copyrighted. This means that the moment that you write down a poem, record a song, or shoot a film, whatever you just created is - BAM! - automatically copyrighted on the spot. How cool is that?
So why register your work with the federal government? Well, there are a few reasons: