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Under the laws of more than 160 countries, copyright is granted automatically to the author upon the event of recording a creative work of expression in a tangible form, be it paint on canvas, pixels in a digital camera, or pencil on paper.

Under USA law, since 1989 there have been no "formalities" required to obtain copyright -- prior to that the publication may have been required to be registered or marked with a copyright notice (Copyright, date, name of author). Copyright notice is optional today, but may be useful as evidence that an infringement was "willful", which is an element of a criminal copyright indictment.

Copyright ownership and priority may be easier to prove if it is registered with the Copyright Office in a person's government. The drawback is that you must pay a fee and submit a copy to have any work registered. Forms can be obtained online through the Library of Congress. A registration may also make it simpler for potential licensees to locate the proper owners of copyrights.

As a bonus, the US Copyright Office registration allows the registered copyright owner to sue for "statutory damages" in lieu of having to prove "actual" damages.

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