Almost all things are copyrighted the moment they are written, and no
copyright notice is required.
Copyright is still violated whether you charged money or not, only damages are
affected by that.
Postings to the net are not granted to the public domain, and don't grant you
any permission to do further copying except perhaps the sort of copying the poster
might have expected in the ordinary flow of the net.
Fair use is a complex doctrine meant to allow certain valuable social purposes.
Ask yourself why you are republishing what you are posting and why you couldn't have
just rewritten it in your own words.
Copyright is not lost because you don't defend it; that's a concept from trademark
law. The ownership of names is also from trademark law, so don't say somebody has a
Fan fiction and other work derived from copyrighted works is a copyright violation.
Copyright law is mostly civil law where the special rights of criminal defendants
you hear so much about don't apply. Watch out, however, as new laws are moving copyright
violation into the criminal realm.
Don't rationalize that you are helping the copyright holder; often it's not that
hard to ask permission.
Posting E-mail is technically a violation, but revealing facts from E-mail you
got isn't, and for almost all typical E-mail, nobody could wring any damages from
you for posting it. The law doesn't do much to protect works with no commercial value.
"You get copyright protection automatically - you don't have to apply or pay a
fee. There isn't a register of copyright works in the UK."
"Copyright prevents people from: distributing copies of [your work], whether
free of charge or for sale"
Copyright protects your work and stops others from using it without your
You get copyright protection automatically - you don't have to apply or pay
a fee. There isn't a register of copyright works in the UK.
You automatically get copyright protection when you create:
original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including
illustration and photography
original non-literary written work, such as software, web content
sound and music recordings
film and television recordings
the layout of published editions of written, dramatic and musical works
distributing copies of it, whether free of charge or for sale
renting or lending copies of your work
performing, showing or playing your work in public
making an adaptation of your work
putting it on the internet
Your work could be protected by copyright in other countries through
international agreements, for example the Berne Convention.
In most countries copyright lasts a minimum of life plus 50 years for most
types of written, dramatic and artistic works, and at least 25 years for
photographs. It can be different for other types of work.
"Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United
States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship"
including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other
intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and
unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the
owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do
To reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or
phonorecords; To prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted
work; To distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the
public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or
lending; To perform the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of
literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion
pictures and other audiovisual works; To display the copyrighted work
publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works,
pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the
individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and In the
case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital
In addition, certain authors of works of
visual art have the rights of attribution and integrity as described in section
106A of the 1976 Copyright Act. For further information, request Circular 40,
"Copyright Registration for Works of the Visual Arts."
It is illegal for
anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright code to the owner
of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107
through 120 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations on these rights. In
some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability.
One major limitation is the doctrine of "fair use," which is given a statutory
basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other instances, the
limitation takes the form of a "compulsory license" under which certain limited
uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and
compliance with statutory conditions. For further information about the
limitations of any of these rights, consult the copyright code or write to the
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