Copyright Formalities: Tuxedos Optional (Part 1)

In the United States, the term “copyright formalities” refers to two different actions: placing a copyright notice on creative works and registering copyrighted works with the U.S. Copyright Office. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the copyright notice. Copyright “formalities” are requirements for obtaining certain types of protection and damages (for example, statutory damages for infringement) but do not affect the  existence of the copyright. Copyright attaches to qualifying works automatically and at the moment of creation (assuming the works are properly fixed in a tangible medium” as we discussed in more detail last week). Use of a copyright

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