Eric <[email protected]
> It's a common misconception that "works" published on the web/email list
> are public domain. They are not, and you can get into trouble if you're
> not careful.
> The 1989 Berne Convention Implementation Act made it "optional" to
> include a copyright notice.
> "...A copyright notice is no longer legally required to secure copyright
> on works first published on or after March 1, 1989, but it does provide
> legal benefits...."
> Just because something is published online "with or without notice", on
> an email list, or anywhere at all does not mean it's public domain.
> "...Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created
> in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship
> *immediately* becomes the property of the author who created
> the work...." http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf
> This means the author of any work (photo, text, audio, video, etc.)
> becomes the owner of that work the very moment it's created.
> (just like the text I'm typing right this second makes this text
> copyrighted, no matter if there is a notice on it or not)
> EVERY "work" created by author or artist is automatically copyrighted
> according to US Copyright law.
> You can find yourself in legal hot water if you republish anything
> without express written permission from the copyright owner.
> Hope this helps...
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