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Online - Get the Facts About Copyrighted Work
By TaSha Franklin
law is by no means "simple".
There are lawyers, specifically just for
law. I am going to
try and save you some time and give you some
basic information to help you decide.
a set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an
including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. The
laws have changed a bit since the late 1970's. Basically, the moment
your work, it is legally copyrighted. You do not have to "register" a
copyright in order for it to be valid; however, a registered copyright
protect you more in the event of copyright infringement. If, this
thing happens to you, and you proceed with a suit, you will be entitled
"statutory" damages. Meaning, you do not have to prove a loss of
sales/profit, the damages received are set by statute. If your
copyright is not
registered, you will still legally be able to proceed with a suit;
are only entitled to "actual" damages. In other words, you will have
to prove your loss in profit and how much. You will also have to pay
attorney fees. Very scary thought.
HOW TO OBTAIN A
decide to register your copyright, you will need to submit an
with a $45 fee to the copyright office in your Country. Your copyright
legally registered the day it's received at the copyright office;
may not receive your copyright certificate for up to four months. You
apply online. The U.S. Government Copyright Official website is
HOW TO OBTAIN AN
decide not to register your copyright, you can still add it to your
hopefully to deter anyone from getting any big idea's. You can simply
(year) by (author/owner)"
If you're working
in Microsoft Word, you can get
the © symbol by holding down Ctrl, Alt, and C. If you're using
than word, you do not have to have the © symbol, it just looks more
The word copyright will be sufficient. Also, the top right hand corner
usually where the copyright goes; however, I think as long as you have
your work, it should serve you well.
thing. Many people make the mistake of believing that they can
name, or a phrase. You can't. That would fall under trademark
is a different article entirely.
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