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Re: information on copyrights

Dec 03, 1997 01:38 PM
by Vincent Beall

Bart Lidofsky wrote:
> Vincent Beall wrote:
> > Eldon, I have been told directly by copyright examiners at the US
> > Copyright office that noone has a copyright without a copyright
> > certificate, which must be applied for and a fee paid. They have also
> > said that putting a copyright notice on your work offers some
> > protection, but it is weak and may mean that you would lose a costly
> > leagle battle to collect damages.
> >
> > Why don't you check with the copyright office directly?
>         I am interested in the exact wording of the question you asked the
> examiner. Also, we are talking more about legal/illegal and right/wrong,
> not what one can get away with.
>         Bart Lidofsky

The legality is simply that your legal right to copyright is established
by registration and reciept of the certificate. If you only post a
notice of copyright without registration your right is not definitely
estabished by law.


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