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How to obtain a copyright?

Obtaining a copyright is the best way of protecting your intellectual property from anybody else using it without your permission. Copyright laws are international, and generally copyright is granted automatically to the author, but often you will need to register your copyright application with a third party to be able to enforce it.

Copyright notices

Online Copyright: how to copyright a website
The best way of claiming copyright on a website is by adding a copyright notice in the form "© Year Name". You can just use the year you started adding content to the website or blog, instead of placing a different copyright notice on each article or post. The name could be your name, the website name or the company who owns the website, and it represents the original copyright holder. You could also add after your name other instructions to, for example, license your content such as: "Please email content@website.com for republishing rights". It's important to note that you own your copyright automatically at the time of publishing your content, but a copyright notice informs everybody else that your content is not to be reused without licensing it first. If you are submitting your content to another party for review it, for example a book sent to an agent, the copyright notice should be added on the footer of each page.

How to obtain a copyright

How to get a copyright
You can also copyright work through a copyright application, which would help you in case you need to bring a copyright protection lawsuit to enforce it and want to claim damages or attorney's fees. Filling as soon as possible, or even before publishing, is advisable. In some cases, just showing the original dated published item may be enough, but since electronic data can be easily manipulated to reflect a different creation data it can be a good investment to go for a third party to register your copyright. What does a copyright office do? A copyright application involves a third party confirming that your work is actually your own, and the date on which you made it public. There are other more unofficial ways of doing so, such as storing a sealed and stamped letter with a copy of the content on it, sent prior to publication. The key is to be able to prove that you created a piece of intellectual property at a specific point of time, and so anybody publishing it afterwards is infringing on your copyright.

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