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Yes, but only if it has been contractually assigned to you or you inherited it. According to the U.S. Copyright Office: Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright. In the case of works made for hire, the employer and not the employee is considered to be the author. Section 101 of the copyright law defines a "work made for hire" as: (1) a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; or (2) a work specially ordered or commissioned for use as: * a contribution to a collective work * a part of a motion picture or other audiovisual work * a translation * a supplementary work * a compilation * an instructional text * a test * answer material for a test * an atlas and only if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a work made for hire. The authors of a joint work are co-owners of the copyright in the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary. Note that independently contracted works OUTSIDE of the listed commissions above are NOT "works made for hire", even if the parties call it that, and the author/artist/photographer (not the patron) is the copyright owner (or at least a joint owner, if the patron contributed creative materials to the work). Therefore, the patron must receive a written transfer (assignment) of the copyright in order to register the copyright. Copyright in each separate contribution to a periodical or other collective work is distinct from copyright in the collective work as a whole and vests initially with the author of the contribution. Two General Principles: * Mere ownership of a book, manuscript, painting, or any other copy or phonorecord does not give the possessor the copyright. The law provides that transfer of ownership of any material object that embodies a protected work does not of itself convey any rights in the copyright. : However, ownership of a copy may give the owner the right to sell, display, or perform his copy, under specific circumstances, depending upon the medium in which the copy is embodied. * Minors may claim copyright, but state laws may regulate the business dealings involving copyrights owned by minors. For information on relevant state laws, consult an attorney.

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How can you get copyrighted?

You need to write something original and then publish it, applying the copyright mark, the date and your name. Copyright protection is automatic.

Is re wording something a copyright?

No, copying and pasting is copyright though.

How can you tell if something is still under copyright law?

how can you tell if something is still under copyright law? who can be persecuted if a copyright law is broken? the copyright laws only protect works that? can facts be copyrighted?

Why is it bad to copyright?

It wouldn't be bad to copyright something, it would be bad to infringe someone else's copyright.

Can there be joint ownership of a copyright?

Yes; if you write a book and I illustrate it, we can be co-owners of the copyright.

whst is mean by copyright free?

Copyright free means that something is not protected by a copyright. This means that there are no restrictions on the use of whatever is copyright free.

How do you get your story told and made into a lifetime movie?

You have to write a script or book and then copyright it and sell it to them, if you don't copyright it and still send it to them, they can steal legally and copyright it themselves. If you want any money from it you have to write it and copyright it, then contact Lifetime afterwards to see if they are interested.

Why would someone copyright something they created?

Copyright protection is automatic, so it actually takes effort not to copyright something you create. That being said, copyright allows the creator to ascribe value do and potentially derive income from their creation.

Does a work need to show a copyright symbol to have copyright protection?

No. With copyright, you should assume something IS protected, until you have evidence to say otherwise. Copyright applies to something as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form. No (C) symbol is needed.

How do you get something copywrited?

Typically you would write it yourself or hire a copywriter.If, on the other hand, you want to copyright something, no action is required: it's automatically protected as soon as it's fixed.

Do you have to pay to copyright something?


Can a person be punished for removing a copyright from something and replacing it with his own notice of copyright?


Where do you get a copyright license?

When you copyright some thing you have written you write the date and your name on the inside cover page. Like this: copyright @ 2009, John Smith.

What does copyright work?

It means that if you copy something copyright and don't give it its props (or credit) you will be sued

Where do you go to get something under copyright?

The US Copyright Office, listed at the related link below:

Does copyright mean that you can or cannot copy something?

It depends on whether you have the right or not. If you control the copyright to something (i.e., you drew/painted/wrote it), you have the exclusive right to copy it or authorize others to do so. If you do not control the copyright, you need an exemption in the law or permission from the copyright holder.

Is it okay to use a name of a college in a book you intend to publish Would it be under copyright?

If the name of a college were under copyright that means that you could not open your own college and use the same name. There is already a Harvard University, you cannot open another Harvard University. But you can certainly write a book about Harvard University, if you so desire. Copyright doesn't mean you can't write about something.

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When is permission not required to use or copy material that is copyright?

There is something called "fair use" but this is very restricted. If stuff is copyright pay the copyright fee.

What must you do if you wish to use something which is copyright?

You need permission from the copyright holder or an exemption in the law.

Should a work be registered in order for it to be copyrighted?

No, it should not. If you wrote something, you own the copyright on it. All you need in order to assert that copyright is proof that you wrote something.

Do you have to get permission to write a book about a certain town or city?

No you do not. Cities and towns are not copyright, and you are free to write about them.

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Who is the creator of the copyright logo?

The copyright symbol is used to showed that something is copyrighted, or protected from use. The copyright symbol was created by the United States of America, in 1909.

How do you know if something is copyrighted?

The copyrighted object or phrase will have a symbol shown as ©. The copyrighted object/phrase may also have something near it saying copyright info or just copyright signifying it has a copyright. Unfortunately, since notification is not required for protection, it's often the case that you have to assume something is protected by copyright unless you can explicitly prove otherwise.