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Joined: 13/10/2012 19:51:56
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Location: United States

In the United States 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 Copyright covers both published and unpublished works".
- Your work is also protected by copyright automatically in the U.S. the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form.
- Even though copyright is automatic in the U.S. it's still a good idea to register your work.

Important Copyright Basics article to read (PDF):
U.S. Copyright Office's List of Factsheets:
Copyright law publications:

- To register your copyright in the United States visit:

- For information on copyright registration in the UK visit:

Wikipedia article about copyright:
Wikipedia article about copyright length:
Wikipedia article listing copyright law by country:

If you find copyright law perplexing, your best bet of course would be to hire a lawyer to get your questions resolved.

(Quick note: I don't personally like Wikipedia for research, but I do like their citation/bibliography section.)


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Joined: 15/12/2011 03:14:05
Messages: 209
Location: Louisiana

First off thanks for all of the great information you have provided.
You did a wonderful job on covering the basics.
I do have a quick question.

Is the use of valid in the U.S.?
I'm curious to if it would hold up in our courts, to serve as legal proof of copyrighted material.
I googled and binged it but came up with nothing.

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