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Poor Man's copyright & the web

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Kingkerry

Member
What is the name of your state? Texas


Hey does the poor man's copyright work on the web? So if I register the mail and print out my website it will be copyrighted right?
 
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divgradcurl

Senior Member
Your website will be copyrighted as soon as you create it -- creating the HTML file is "fixing in a tangible form", and is all that is required for a copyright.

You won't be able to sue someone for copyright infringement until you register with the copyright office, but you actually own a copyright as soon as you fix an original creative work in a "tangible format" -- writing it down on paper, writing the HTML code, etc.

The "poor man's copyright" doesn't give any more or less legal rights to the creator -- the work is copyrighted as soon as it is fixed, and you can't sue until you register with the copyright office. I suppose the "poor man's copyright" could be used as evidence to show a date of creation, but it doesn't give one any more rights than if they hadn't used a "poor man's copyright".

I am not an attorney, and this isn't even remotely legal advice.
 

Kingkerry

Member
My grandma told me if you register it with the US mail it is then copyrighted to the sender....
 
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