7D Copyright Details

Started Nov 6, 2009 | Discussions thread
John Beale Regular Member • Posts: 322
the legal meaning of © (C) copyright symbols

Up until twenty years ago, the symbol © did have a legal meaning. People are still accustomed to seeing it, but since 1989, copyright is automatic and no symbols are required legally. See also wikipedia info below:

Prior to 1989, use of a copyright notice — consisting of the copyright symbol (©, the letter C inside a circle), the abbreviation "Copr.", or the word "Copyright", followed by the year of the first publication of the work and the name of the copyright holder — was part of United States statutory requirements.

Copyright Act of 1976, Pub.L. 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541, § 401(a) (October 19, 1976)

The Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1988 (BCIA), Pub.L. 100-568, 102 Stat. 2853, 2857. One of the changes introduced by the BCIA was to section 401, which governs copyright notices on published copies, specifying that notices "may be placed on" such copies; prior to the BCIA, the statute read that notices "shall be placed on all" such copies. An analogous change was made in section 402, dealing with copyright notices on phonorecords.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_copyright_law#Copyright_notices

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