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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on September 27, 2000 at 13:44:47:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Does my computer game need copyright protection? posted by David on September 27, 2000 at 06:56:37:

: : : I'm developing a game for web browsers that people
: : : will be able to download or actually play over the
: : : Internet. I'm planning on making the game free for
: : : anyone. I want to protect the game so that someone
: : : just couldn't download the game and change a few things
: : : to call it their own creation. The game uses a cutting
: : : edge technology and it'll be the first of its kind.
: : : I want my name associated with the game only. Am I
: : : automatically protected legally if someone does make a
: : : copy of the game and claims that it's their own? Am
: : : I overlooking anything else here?

: : Dear David,

: : The copyright law covers what yoy create but you have to register the copyright and the copyright notice is important for enforcement.

: : M. Arthur Auslander
: : Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
: : 505 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
: : 212-594-6900, fax 212-244-0028, aus@auslander.com
: : ELAINE's Workshop (sm)
: : E arly L egal A dvice I s N ot E xpensive

: So I assume that's Circular 61: Copyright Registration for Computer Programs w/ a $30 fee?

Dear David,

For some reason I don't push the fact that I am a practicing Intellectual Property lawyer.

Well it looks like you may have found a good circular and what is more the people at the
Copyright Office are very accomodating.

I cannot comfortable condone any just filing an application. Ignorance as to the subtleties of the law may leave you VERY vulnerable both before and after filing.

What we do is to teach our clients the law, file the first copyright application and then stand ready to advise the client if there are any questions with regard to future filings.

Elaine's Workshop is designed to avoid the horrible mistakes that can be so painful and expensive, days, minutes, months or years after doing something without a GOOD knowledge of the law as it applies to a specific situation.

I know how you feel. I don't easily trust doctors and I hate to spend money if I don't have too. I have found a Doctor I can trust. I don't spend much for medical bills but I get VALUE when I pay.

M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
505 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
212-594-6900, fax 212-244-0028, aus@auslander.com
ELAINE's Workshop (sm)
E arly L egal A dvice I s N ot E xpensive



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