Re: Re: Re: Definition of Poor Man's Copyright
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on March 19, 2002 at 22:43:19:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Definition of Poor Man's Copyright posted by dann hamer on March 19, 2002 at 15:03:05:
: Thanks for your reply, Mr. Auslander.
: I've designed my own CD lables and the copyright notice is on them.
: I do have question from an earlier post:
: 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
: Something I don't understand is if the poor mans copyright is useless, what makes a song covered by creation any more protected? What proof of this creation shows who the owner/writer is?
: One more question.
: Thanks again, Mr. Auslander, and a thanks in advance.
Dear Mr. Hamer,
Patents, trademarks and copyrights, are Federally registerable, on a national basis. Thus your location does not effect the ability of a practicing attorney in another state effecting a national registration for you.
M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
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