Copyright and License

Neil Hodgson neilh at
Thu May 4 20:04:07 EDT 2000

> Remember that, no matter what else, your license is worthless
> if you don't pay the $25 and register the copyright.

   You do not have to register copyright and can not in most countries. To
quote from the WIPO site (
   """The laws of almost all countries provide that protection is
independent of any formalities, that is, copyright protection starts as soon
as the work is created. """

   Some countries may have required registration in the past but if they
signed the Berne Convention then you automatically have copyright.
Registration may make it easier to prove.


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