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Copyright Laws: How Do I Show My Work is Copyright Protected?

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Question: Copyright Laws: How Do I Show My Work is Copyright Protected?
How you show your work has a copyright is more a matter of preference than U.S. law. However, many authors do require you to show their own copyright in a certain format.

When using material from someone else, it is very important that you honor the author's request as to how they want credit shown, including how they want their copyrights displayed.

Answer: There are many ways you can show you are the author or creator of copyrighted material, including:

  • Copyright (word) + Date:
    Example: Copyright 2008

  • Copyright Symbol + The Date or Year Something Was Created:
    Example: © March 2008 or ©2008

  • Copyright Symbol With Word:
    Example: © Copyright 2008

  • Symbol Alone (when showing reference to something specific)
    Example: How To Copyright Your Publications© written by Anita Newborn.

Sometimes, authors also use the words “All Rights Reserved,” or “All Intellectual Rights Reserved.” Neither is really necessary as a copyright already indicates that your rights are protected.

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