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You will not legally have an issue with using something in the newspaper, but note the newspaper has a copyright on their entire newspaper and the only legal way to copy or distribute a copy of their article is to obtain written permission since they hold a copyright even if nothing is filed. A copyright is obtain the moment a person or company produces anything that could be registered with the US Copyright office. This includes, note, poems, lyrics, etc. It does not include fact statements or something like a legally required notice such as found on a soup can (but if soup can had a small recipe on it then it would copyright protected). Copyright law is something that most of us violated on a daily basis. It really comes down to who is likely to use legal means to enforce their copyright protection and who is not. Disney as example will take legal action against anyone anytime their copyright is violated. They first send a cease and desist and then file a lawsuit if person continues. Generally other than Disney and a few like them you can feel safe in copying and distributing information that is copyright protected to your group. It is wise to be aware of these laws and avoid say Disney and Marvel Comic, etc .
Does that answer your question? Basically the moment of creation the item is protected by copyright and it's owner is the one that decides who can copy and how it will be distributed both on paper or digital. The symbol you see on some items simply means that they have registered it with the US Copyright office and since that symbol is on the item and it was registered they are entitled to an additional $250,000 in damages if I recall correctly.
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