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    Copyright ?!?

    Hi,

    i know this has probably been asked loads, but i couldnt find a post on here answering it.

    basically i wanna know wether sites do have to be copyrighted in order to say it on the site. in all my sites i put a little "all site design etc etc copyright ...." as i was told that the site does not have to be copyrighted, but as long as it contains the designers name, it is automatically protected.

    just wanted to know if this is true or not.


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    All your original work is copyrighted automatically.

    You can include a little
    "© Copyright 2002, John Doe, All Rights Reserved "
    (or the like) on the bottom to put emphasis on that fact.

    (at least that's true up here in Canada.. and I believe it holds true in the US and most places. let me know if i'm horribly wrong)

    Trademarks - ™ - must be registered to hold any value, though.
    Last edited by fatnewt; Aug 6, 2002 at 10:16.

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    ahh rite thanks

    i live in UK so its probably the same for me here


    thanks again
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    My friend's husband is a lawyer and he does this sort of stuff. Anything that is published on the Internet is automatically copyrighted. This includes text, images, design, etc. Adding the statement is just for emphasis
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    k thanks again
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    Hey luke-innovative,

    Don't forget to check out SitePoint's articles on legal issues, which are located at http://www.ecommercebase.com/subcats/73

    Hope this helps
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    hey, i found this set of links. might be helpful

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    thanks everyone, this is really helpful
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    In the US you'll want to look at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Your work is automatically copyright the moment it's created. But, you can still increase your chances of defending it by registering it with the US Copyright office and I imagine many countries would be the same.

    You DO NOT have to place a copyright statement on your work, but it does help. There's also the poor man's method of sealing a copy of your work and sending copies REGISTERED mail to yourself and even several friends. Don't open it when it returns. That could help your case as well, if it became one.

    The DMCA applies to writing, web pages, art, programming, movies, photo's, images.. anything creative basically.

    As an aspiring writer, I've been forced to look into copyright more than I'd ever want to. And there is only one thing you need to remember - if your not sure, get a lawyer. Copyright law is deep and complex and the only way to be sure is to consult a lawyer - which I am not and this post is not legal advice (That's the CMAA - Cover my @$$ act) lol.
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    Originally posted by Crowe
    In the US you'll want to look at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Your work is automatically copyright the moment it's created. But, you can still increase your chances of defending it by registering it with the US Copyright office and I imagine many countries would be the same.

    You DO NOT have to place a copyright statement on your work, but it does help. There's also the poor man's method of sealing a copy of your work and sending copies REGISTERED mail to yourself and even several friends. Don't open it when it returns. That could help your case as well, if it became one.

    The DMCA applies to writing, web pages, art, programming, movies, photo's, images.. anything creative basically.

    As an aspiring writer, I've been forced to look into copyright more than I'd ever want to. And there is only one thing you need to remember - if your not sure, get a lawyer. Copyright law is deep and complex and the only way to be sure is to consult a lawyer - which I am not and this post is not legal advice (That's the CMAA - Cover my @$$ act) lol.

    I really don't think copyright does any affect, We are talkign about INTERNET Right. I mean if I got an image from a guy just created. and Say It was my then how will he can defence him-self? I mean I can duplicate it and say it is my. No offense......and no bad feeling I'm just saying and I'm a newbies
    Last edited by nhant; Aug 7, 2002 at 07:45.
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    it all depends on how ur local rules implements it.. i think consulting ur lawyer would be appropiate !
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    If you cough up the $30 to the U.S gov, and you put a copyright notice, someone who steals your stuff will lose 100% of the time. The copyright notice doesn't allow someone to say "oops, didn't know it was copyrighted! "

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    Originally posted by Agent Dwarf
    If you cough up the $30 to the U.S gov, and you put a copyright notice, someone who steals your stuff will lose 100% of the time. The copyright notice doesn't allow someone to say "oops, didn't know it was copyrighted! "
    I think not, I think he would simply have lost $30.

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    Originally posted by TheOriginalH


    I think not, I think he would simply have lost $30.

    I wasn't talking to him. I guess I should have written "if one lives in the u.s, one should caugh up $30 to the u.s gov."


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