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Answered 2011-08-29 16:48:38

Copyright exists in an item as soon as it is rendered into "permanent" form. The copyright symbol (©) is not needed, although placing it does give the copyright owner an easier time when trying to legally enforce a copyright infringement claim in the US.

Before 1978, the symbol was needed to establish copyright under US law. Before about 1960, if you neglected to include the copyright symbol in a published work, it went immediately to the Public Domain. After about 1960, there was a way to remedy that defect, but anything published without the copyright symbol in the US before then was and is free to anyone to use as they see fit.

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You can optionally use the symbol any time you are the author of the work. You MUST use the copyright symbol if you are making a copy of any work that has the copyright symbol upon it.


You can find it in the Character Map... Click start > All programs > Accessories > System tools > Character map. You should find the copyright symbol just before the capital A. You can copy & paste the symbol into your documents.



Such symbols are called entities. For the copyright symbol, use "©" (including the ampersand and the semicolon!)


You automatically have copyright of any material that you write, providing you use the symbol (c) with the date and your name.


Without a keypad you will have to open the character map, select the © copyright symbol or one of the ® ™ trademark symbols and do a copy+paste to your document.


You have infringed their copyright, and they have the right to sue you. Your best move is to destroy the copy, or ask for permission to have made the copy.


If something is copyright, then it is illegal to copy it without paying the owner of the copyright. The other benefit is that no one can copy your work. So the main benefit is money if someone wants to make a copy. If no one wants to purchase a copy, there is no benefit.


There are three ways to get the © symbol in a Windows PC.1) You can copy/paste from the character map2) Engage the number lock & while holding down the key hit 0-1-6-9 on the keypad.3) You can copy/paste the © symbol from this answer


If you have a copy of the book, there will be copyright information on one of the very first pages in the book; probably before any preface, foreword or contents pages. If you don't have a copy, call the reference desk at your local public library and inquire.


Copyright, actually just means that the rights to copy and produce the said item (book, song, movie, painting, etc.) belongs to the owner, or the 'Copyright Holder'. So in the simplest terms, Copyright stnds for the right to copy and re-produce said item. Copyright, actually just means that the rights to copy and produce the said item (book, song, movie, painting, etc.) belongs to the owner, or the 'Copyright Holder'. So in the simplest terms, Copyright stnds for the right to copy and re-produce said item.


Only if the copy you're copying was not authorized for general distribution by the copyright owners. In other words, the copyright owners can certainly authorize free distribution of their music if they want to. However, if you make a download (a reproduction) of an unauthorized copy, then your copy (like the one you copied) is a copyright infringement because you have no permission to make that copy.


No. Unless things have changed, the most accepted form of not breaking copyright with printed material is that up to 1 third of the material may be copied for reference purposes. Any more then that is breach of copyright. Why do you think it's called "Copyright" if any one is allowed to copy it entirely? The "right" to copy it remains with the copyright holder.


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


Typically you would first need permission of the copyright holder.


Only copy, alter, distribute, or display it with permission of the copyright holder.


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.



US Copyright Office is an office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyrightmaterial. Google it,,,,


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


Copyright is simply the right to copy; it was first used in the early 1700s, not long after the first law giving authors the exclusive right to copy.


I think the Trademark makes it so that people have to ask to copy it. But copyright is like where NO ONE can copy it until they renew it (like that's going to happen)


This means, your are not able to copy the image like when you try to copy an image off google and it doesnt let you that makes it a protected copyright image.


No such copy ability exists.




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