RE: Two questions about Copyright notices

Subject: RE: Two questions about Copyright notices
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <kay -dot- robart -at- tea -dot- state -dot- tx -dot- us>, <kevin -dot- mclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 17:17:09 -0400


Kay Robart wrote:


> The changes between years have to be significant to claim a new
> copyright date, not just a few punctuation marks, and it is against the
> law to claim a copyright before the document has been published.


Sorry, but this latter assertion is not correct. Copyright rights begin as soon as the creator's idea is committed to some tangible form. It is the act of writing (drawing, painting, photographing, taping, performing, etc.) rather than the event of publishing that starts the clock. And it is not criminally illegal to claim copyright protection from a earlier date than the item was written, although it can invalidate some of the creator's rights if anyone brings a civil action to contest the copyright. Besides, falsifying the date in the prior direction is more an issue with patents and trademarks than with copyright, since copyright is not an exclusive use right (i.e. it's not about who owns the idea) but rather is about who has the right to make and disseminate copies of a work and profit from doing so.



Fred Ridder

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Two questions about Copyright notices: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Two questions about Copyright notices: From: Robart, Kay
RE: Two questions about Copyright notices: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Two questions about Copyright notices: From: Robart, Kay

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