Intellectual Property Law
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An author owns copyright from the moment a work is put into a fixed form. Registration has never been required, but registration allows an author to obtain more remedies than an author who failed to register a work. The copyright notice is not required on works published on and after March 1, 1989, see
Not every case involves written evidence. Some authors mail themselves a copy of their work and do not open the envelope in case they ever need proof of authorship and they do not want to register with the Copyright Office. Other proof might be a typist who testifies that he or she typed the manuscript, or anyone who saw the author working on the writing or who saw the work in the possession of the author.
A document created on a computer usually has metadata in the computer file that will show the date it was created.
If you want to register copyright on a work you created, you can so at
You can get a free consultation from some of the Ohio copyright attorneys listed by location here.
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