Re: Is your documentation copyrighted?

Subject: Re: Is your documentation copyrighted?
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <markl -at- gilian -dot- com>
To: TechWr-L <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 12:30:09 +0200


The ever-mysterious Katav writes:
By the way, _IS_ your documentation copyrighted? Does
anyone in your company know how to copyright a
document. (It is relatively simple, but most often not
done.)

If I understand correctly, the issue isn't really whether
copyright exists. Copyright exists, implicitly, for
everything that's published and for much that isn't.
The issue is whether the copyright is registered, and
yes, registering it is a good idea, relatively simple,
and most often not done. If your copyright isn't
registered, you may find yourself in court opposing
someone who claims he wrote the same stuff first.
Did not. Did too. Did not. Did too. How are you
going to prove anything? And what's more important,
if your copyright isn't registered, there's a
pretty low limit on the damages you can sue for.


Mark L. (*not* for Lawyer) Levinson
markl -at- gilian -dot- com




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