Re: Definition of Poor Man's Copyright
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on March 15, 2001 at 03:56:31:
In Reply to: Definition of Poor Man's Copyright posted by Joe Pesce on March 14, 2001 at 13:53:42:
: For my high school business management course, I need to know what is meant by "poor man's copyright?" Can anyone help me?
: Thanks very much
Dear Joe Pesce,
Under the old law some people would send their works to themselves, as a record of what they created. That was a poor mans copoyright as I understand it.
It was almost universally worthless. The registation fee then as I recollet was $6. There would have been more value sending it to a trusted stanger.
Even today at a $30 Official Fee it is better to know what you are doing and register. Under the present law, the work is covered by the creation. It is not enforceable until registered.
M. Arthur Auslander
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