how to get copyright

allinone

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i want to know how one can get copyright, is there any legal body which gives copyright or just anyone can say he have copyright of the material he owns.
 

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AFAIK, anything that you create you get copyrights to. I was reading up on this topic several years ago. Along with trademark, as long as somebody hasn't used it first.

Registered trademark on the other hand, you have to go through a process.

http://www.keytlaw.com/Copyrights/benefits.htm said:
United States copyright law does not require that the creator of a work register the work with the U.S. Copyright Office. U.S. law provides that when a work is created, the work is protected automatically by U.S. copyright law without the need to register the work or display a copyright notice. Copyright protection attaches to a work when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first time, whether or not the author uses the "©" symbol or the copyright notice.
 
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I believe this is the way it works in the UK as well. I own all intellectual property rights on my dissertation, without having to 'apply' for them.
 

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As long as you can prove that you are the creator of said item, you hold the copyright for it.
 

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Yeah, I read in a book that in the UK, in the case of a digital document, the moment you click save it is effectively copyrighted to you.
Not sure about anything else tbh but there you go
 

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Do you want to know what the best way to prove it's yours is? Seal it securely in an envelope and post it to yourself. If you can, get a premium postal service too (Royal Mail [in the UK] seem to be getting a bit tardy...) like Next Day Recorded (signed for) delivery. Sure, it'll cost a bit more, but worth it if something happens.

Obviously, for digital content, I don't think that digital signatures are recognised legally for that sort of thing yet, but you could always print it off etc.
 

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Do you want to know what the best way to prove it's yours is? Seal it securely in an envelope and post it to yourself. If you can, get a premium postal service too (Royal Mail [in the UK] seem to be getting a bit tardy...) like Next Day Recorded (signed for) delivery. Sure, it'll cost a bit more, but worth it if something happens.

Obviously, for digital content, I don't think that digital signatures are recognised legally for that sort of thing yet, but you could always print it off etc.

You really can do that? I should keep that in mind.

But what do you mean digital signatures. Do you mean like if I made a template, put the files on a cd and posted it to myself it wouldn't have worked?
 

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No, there's a way to digitally "sign" files. You can't change it after the signature is added otherwise its void-ed. Along with the signature, the date and time are recorded so it's possible to trace it. The only thing is that if you were to change the date of the system signing the file then you could effectively back-date the signature and fake any.

As for creative commons, that's not exactly copyright although it's similar. You can publish work under the CC license but other people are allowed to use it under the terms you set (eg, attribution to you, no derivatives etc).
 

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try googling

how to get a copyright order or something like that.
 

galaxyAbstractor

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No, there's a way to digitally "sign" files. You can't change it after the signature is added otherwise its void-ed. Along with the signature, the date and time are recorded so it's possible to trace it. The only thing is that if you were to change the date of the system signing the file then you could effectively back-date the signature and fake any.

As for creative commons, that's not exactly copyright although it's similar. You can publish work under the CC license but other people are allowed to use it under the terms you set (eg, attribution to you, no derivatives etc).

Well, this license says you can't change it in any way but as you said you can share it :/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
 

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If you try sending the material to yourself
via registered mail make sure the envelope is stamped
and sealed
as proof it has never been opened.
 
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