Critic my module

Dave Angel davea at davea.name
Sat Jul 27 18:58:11 CEST 2013


On 07/27/2013 12:32 PM, Alister wrote:
> On Sat, 27 Jul 2013 08:56:10 -0400, Devyn Collier Johnson wrote:
>>
>> Good point about the Made by/Copyright suggestion. Although, I have not
>> copyrighted the file, can I still say "Copyrighted by ...".--
>
> There is no special process to Copyright anything.
> the simple act of writing it automatically gives you the copyright on
> your own work.
>
> Proving that it was you that created the work & when may be a little
> trickier if you do not find a reliable means of recording the event
> though.
> (posting to this news group actually gives a reasonable time stamp
> provided the article has not expired by the time it is needed)
>

The copyright law varies by country, and it's wise to look up your own 
country's rules, as well as investigate international law.  The 
following is based only on my limited recollection of US law.  I include 
references below, but have not re-studied them.  Nor am I a lawyer.

Generally, a copyright does belong to the author, as soon as he provably 
commits the text to medium.  However, if you ever expect to defend a 
copyright, it can be useful to register it.  Registration is limited by 
law to certain time limits.  I don't recall exactly, but I believe that 
once something is published, it has to be registered within 3 months or so.

Registration is easy, but not free.  You can copyright a number of works 
simultaneously, but I think they have to be of the same type.  And if it 
is registered, you can sue for larger amounts, and you'll have a much 
easier time getting a lawyer to take the case for you.

See:  http://www.copyright.gov/

and especially:
    http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf


-- 
DaveA




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