Like all property rights, copyright is an asset. Keeping track of your copyright protected works and putting the ‘world on notice’ of your copyright is important. Take the simple step to give the world notice of your copyright by adding a copyright notice to fixed forms of your original works. For example, add a copyright notice to copies of all your manuscripts, sheet music, screen plays, comic strips, websites and other original, creative works.
It’s simple to do. The general format for writing out a copyright notice in the USA is: ©; followed by the year that the work was created; followed by the name of the owner/creator of the work. For example: “© 2011 Ima Star.” Adding the extra phrase ‘All rights reserved’ to the copyright notice adds some international copyright protection in Central and South America. For example: “© 2011 Ima Star. All rights reserved.” In either format, the notice is usually placed on the title page of a manuscript, and on the bottom of sheet music, comic strips and websites.
Registering your copyright protected works for copyright protection with the US Copyright Office is also a great idea; however, do know that you can use the copyright notice before registering for copyright protection.
© 2011 Ima Star. All rights reserved.
To register your work with the US Copyright Office –> http://www.copyright.gov/forms/
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.