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Correctly Format a Copyright Notice Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Correctly Format a Copyright Notice

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


A correctly formatted copyright notice on your literary, musical, dramatic or other artistic work shows the public that your work is protected, identifies you as the owner of the work, and ensures that if anyone attempts to publish your work without your permis­sion, that person cannot claim that his infrin­gement of your copyright was innocent.

Step 1 Copyright Symbol

Start your copyright notice with the lower-case letter "­c" with a parent­hesis on either side of the "­c," forming this symbol: "­(c)." You may also use the symbol of a "­c" with a circle around it or the word "­Cop­yri­ght."

Step 2 Year

nsert a space after the "­(c)­" symbol and put in the current year in numerals, as in "­201­1." If this is a new edition of a work you published in an earlier year, you should also insert the earlier year, followed by a comma and a space, and then put in the current year, as in "­2000, 2011."

Step 3 Legal Name

Insert a space after the current year and type in your legal name. Your final copyright notice should appear in this format: "(c) 2011 Jane Doe." If you have a co-author, that person's name will appear attached to yours by the word "­and­," as in "Jane Doe and Richard Jones."­

Step 4 All Rights Reserved

You may also add the phrase "All rights reserv­ed" to your copyright notice. Although this phrase is no longer legally required, it continues to appear in almost all copyright notices. Your notice will then read: "All rights reserved (c) 2011 Jane Doe."

Step 5 Unpubl­ished Work

Protect an unpubl­ished work by placing the following copyright notice on it: "­Unp­ubl­ished work (c) 2011 Jane Doe."

Step 6 Placement of Notice

Place the copyright notice of a book on the back of the title page. Other acceptable locations include the front of the title page, the first or last page of the main body of the book, and either side of the front or back cover. Acceptable locations vary for other products such as software programs, motion pictures and websites.

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