- Mar 13, 2012
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this pisses me off so much. it's unbearable. dirtbags. all of themPeople don't care these days if you're making money from it or not - the question is, do they think THEY can make money from YOU? Of course, if you ARE making money from it, they'll be rubbing their hands that much more
Understand this (yes, I know I'm coming back in):this pisses me off so much. it's unbearable. dirtbags. all of them
Nitpicking a bit, but I believe you meant to say "fair use" instead of "free use".You shouldn't use anything copyrighted without permission there are plenty of royalty free items and creative commons items that allow commercial usage out there. For example there are websites that specialize in royalty free music some you have to pay for others are just free to use. copyrighted materials shouldn't be used beyond the scope of free use and if you don't know what that is don't bother with it. Of course like I said you can get permission but this will usually involve you unassing some royalties.
Look up in my previous posts to find the link to the FAQ from the US copyright office. They tell you exactly what you need to do to protect your works. And no, doing nothing isn't enough - and neither is mailing a copy to yourself.For your copyright, I don't think you have to do anything in particular. Just create your stuff and put on it a disclaimer where you say that you are the owner and no one can use your logo/materials for commercial purposes without your permission.
http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#myworkAnd no, doing nothing isn't enough
http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#myworkWhen is my work protected?-Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.
So although it's definitely good [GREAT] idea to register your works... it isn't entirely necessary.Do I have to register with your office to be protected?-No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work.
Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?-Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law.