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WHO CAN CLAIM COPYRIGHT
Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright.
COPYRIGHTS ARE SECURED AUTOMATICALLY UPON CREATION
No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright.
Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created, and a work is "created" when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. "Copies" are material objects from which a work can be read or visually perceived either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, such as books, manuscripts, sheet music, film, videotape, or microfilm. "Phonorecords" are material objects embodying fixations of sounds (excluding, by statutory definition, motion picture soundtracks), such as cassette tapes, CDs, or LPs. Thus, for example, a song (the "work") can be fixed in sheet music (" copies") or in phonograph disks (" phonorecords"), or both.
If a work is prepared over a period of time, the part of the work that is fixed on a particular date constitutes the created work as of that date.
Copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is NOT a condition of copyright protection, and Registration is not a requirement for protection.
NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT
The use of a copyright notice is no longer required under U. S. law. Because prior law did contain such a requirement, however, the use of notice is still relevant to the copyright status of older works. Notice was required under the 1976 Copyright Act. This requirement was eliminated when the United States adhered to the Berne Convention, effective March 1, 1989.
For more information on U.S. copyright laws visit the United States Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.