Copyright stuff


#1

i was woundering because i am a n00b whats the deal with copyright stuff i know what its used for but how do i get it.


#2

If you’ve the thing your self, then you own the copy right to it. technically you don’t need to even notify others with the © copyright symbol. But you most definatly should indicate that something is copyrighted expecially on the internet.

A standrard copyright would go somethign like this:
< img > © 2006 Matt Full Name

You can always apply for an actualy copyright through that gov office, but it’s best to have serveral pieces submitted at once - becuase it will cost you less then. They charge a processing fee per ‘batch’.

Anyways, does that answer you question?

-Matttail


#3

so fake it basically if you don’t want to pay.


#4

http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/

What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

What does copyright protect?
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “What Works Are Protected.”

How is a copyright different from a patent or a trademark?
Copyright protects original works of authorship, while a patent protects inventions or discoveries. Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.

When is my work protected?
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration.”

Go to the faq for extensive info… :smiley:


#5

That’s some really poor advice.

As soon as you create original work (actually defined as a set of minimal standards), you hold the copyright to that work automatically; however, that copyright can expire after a certain period (in the US, it is 70 years after the death of the author, or 95 years for an organization).

To use copyrighted work, you must seek permission from the copyright holder (which may be an organization), which may or may not require some form of payment. Some works are deliberately made to be freely available (in the public domain), and others can be used under “fair use” rules (such as displaying a CD cover on your website when you are reviewing or selling the item).

Since copyright is given based on a certain (and varying) standard of originality, simply “faking” something may not be sufficient to overcome copyright law. It is better to create original work. Any attempt to use copyrighted material without permission is essentially theft, and can result in prosecution.


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#6

accodin to the one guy and no i would put it in my own words after i do reserch


#7

TY, Bob. I’ve bookmarked that link, because it is one of the most succinct I have ever seen on the matter. I like the unambiguous answers in the FAQ section especially.


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#8

thanks now i under stand but i dont get the paying part


#9

What is there to “get” about it? If you wish to use copyrighted material, you must ask ask for permission from the copyright holder. They may agree to grant you the right to use their material, and they may or may not charge you a fee for that right.


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#10

What is there to “get” about it? If you wish to use copyrighted material, you must ask ask for permission from the copyright holder. They may agree to grant you the right to use their material, and they may or may not charge you a fee for that right.

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May be confused by Matttail’s previous:

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So there’s paying to register copyright, and paying holder for rights.


#11

Most of the stuff im using is my own ok let me put it this way do i have to pay for copyright according to other post i dont have to. But i can do it if i want.


#12

When you produce the work, you own the copyright to it. Free of charge. As soon as it’s actually been made, you own the copyright to it.

If you want to actaully register that copyright with the US copyright office, you’ll have to pay for this - but it’s completly optional. Enless you suspect that there’s a good chance you will have to take someone to court over copyright infrigement you don’t need to pay to register the copyright.

-Matttail


#13

ok im pretty sure i get it now thanks for the helping out to all