RE: Is your documentation copyrighted?

Subject: RE: Is your documentation copyrighted?
From: MAGGIE SECARA <SECARAM -at- mainsaver -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>, "'fxm -at- mcnet -dot- ch'" <fxm -at- mcnet -dot- ch>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 10:43:51 -0800

>>OK then , how do you register?
>>F. Meyer

The US Copyright office has a web site which, naturally, I have bookmarked
at home, which is where I usually field that question. (In my other life I
manage part of a writers' area on AOL.) Try:

Outside the US, I expect the conventions are the same, international
agreements on these things being much more consistent than they were, say,
100 years ago.

Basically, you mail them two copies of the published work and $10, with a
form they provide. It has to be published to be registered. However, as
Mark said, copyright is inherent in the work--from the minute you put it
into permanent form (including the pixels on a message board or web site).
The copyright is yours.

Or in the case under discussion, the owner is the company who owns the
manuals you write. The (c) statement is a formality and a reminder. It
isn't "more official" than if you left it off.


Maggie Secara
secaram -at- mainsaver -dot- com

"All the world's a stage, Mick, but some of us are dreadfully

> ----------
> >
> > The issue is whether the copyright is registered, and
> > yes, registering it is a good idea, relatively simple,
> > and most often not done.
> > Mark L. (*not* for Lawyer) Levinson
> > markl -at- gilian -dot- com
> >
> OK then , how do you register?
> F. Meyer

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