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GUEST,Songster Bob How to Copyright (37) RE: HOW TO COPYRIGHT 03 Nov 04


Don't use the self-mailer system in the US; all it would take is one slight-of-hand magician showing how he/she would put a playing card into a sealed envelope, and poof! there goes your protection.

US registration is inexpensive (that $30 can be one song or a whole book of 'em, though if you do the book method, a publisher -- should you get one -- will want to copyright the single song by itself later on) and establishes your claim to the song. You DO have copyright the moment you put something into 'fixed form,' but your claim isn't registered till you, well, register it.

Other countries may or may not have similar laws, but you'll have to check with your home country for the details.

And you don't have to put the copyright sigil () on your work, but it's always fun. BTW, that's alt-0169 on a Windoze computer keyboard -- don't know the Mac keystrokes, but I assume it's similar. Hold the alt key and type 0169, then release the alt key. Voila! the symbol.

Bob Clayton


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