Re: Re: Re: poor man's copywrite
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Posted by Stephen L. Anderson on July 11, 2002 at 19:10:58:
In Reply to: Re: Re: poor man's copywrite posted by Judy Adkins on May 01, 2002 at 01:38:48:
: What are the steps to register (copywright) a song. What is the number or address.
The "poor man's copyright" should be renamed the "born to forever be a poor man's copyright", since it is a fallacy.
The poor man's copyright is generally described as the ridiculous idea that if you send yourself a letter and it remains unopened, that somehow, that fact proves that whatever is in the envelope was written as of a certain date in the past (as determined by the postage meter stamp).
This is ludicrous for 2 reasons:
The best way to protect a copyright is by registering it with the Copyright office. Registration provides for several legal benefits that are not available without it. (including International protection in dozens of Berne COnvention countries, availability of Federal COurt forum and remdies -- and attorneys fees and statutory damages options for the copyright owner).
Besides, considering the relatively affordable cost to copyright, trying to save a few pennies now, can cost you dearly on the back end.
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