To Copyright or Not to Copyright ???  

RoyalPurpleRose 52F
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2/8/2006 12:53 pm

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To Copyright or Not to Copyright ???

I have seen a question here before about copyright and how to do it. So I went investigating for myself as well as others.

There is a web site:
If it doesn't come through ... just ask me.
This site covers the intricacies of copyright for the U.S. Provides things I didn't know ...

Copied from the site: HOW TO SECURE A COPYRIGHT
Copyright Secured Automatically upon Creation
The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright. (See following Note.) There are, however, certain definite advantages to registration. See "Copyright Registration."

Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created, and a work is "created" when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. "Copies" are material objects from which a work can be read or visually perceived either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, such as books, manuscripts, sheet music, film, videotape, or microfilm. "Phonorecords" are material objects embodying fixations of sounds (excluding, by statutory definition, motion picture soundtracks), such as cassette tapes, CDs, or LPs. Thus, for example, a song (the "work") can be fixed in sheet music (" copies") or in phonograph disks (" phonorecords"), or both.

If a work is prepared over a period of time, the part of the work that is fixed on a particular date constitutes the created work as of that date.

So you don't have to mail a letter to yourself. Which can be a pain for some people. Also ...

Works Originally Created on or after January 1, 1978
A work that is created (fixed in tangible form for the first time) on or after January 1, 1978, is automatically protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the author's life plus an additional 70 years after the author's death. In the case of "a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire," the term lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author's death. For works made for hire, and for anonymous and pseudonymous works (unless the author's identity is revealed in Copyright Office records), the duration of copyright will be 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.

Some things that I did know ... like you can't just copy and paste stuff from the Internet without permission from the author of said stuff. Not a problem. I don't have a problem giving credit where it's due. There are some wonderful works in the blogs here on this site, by some people who are much more talented than me. I am in awe when I read some of the awesome things they write. I applaud each of them.

~~Kisses, RPR

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