Re: All copyright renewal records now online and searchable

From: Barbara Bader (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jun 30 2008 - 09:51:07 PDT

My understanding had been that in the U.S. you automatically have copyright
to your own work. The problem is proving it...if you don't register.

On 6/30/08 8:10 AM, "Freya" <email suppressed> wrote:

>> None of these resources are complete, and none list works
>> of non-US origin. And copyright status of a work depends
>> on many factors, including manner of publication and
>> presence or absence of a copyright notice in legal form.
> The U.S. has a very different copyright history to the rest of the world.
> Here in Europe for example it's long been the case that copyright is yours
> when you make the work and you didn't have to register or renew the copyright.
> Until the U.S. joined the berne convention it was all messier and fuzzier than
> that and even since joining there are legal concessions to try and justify the
> existance of the U.S. copyright office.
> Works outside of the U.S. aren't registered and don't need to be in order to
> be protected (same with modern U.S. works). Best to assume that non-US works
> are covered by the Berne convention.
> Hope that helps. I would go into detail, but as usual lately I'm in the middle
> of being somewhere else. ;)
> love
> Freya
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