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Old 10-29-2008, 05:14 AM   #12
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And every jurisdiction has different copyright laws, so the inclusion of the notice is a good idea so that some obscure country can't claim it's in the public domain since there is no notice.

Also, registering the copyright in your country's central copyright office is a good idea when you put it out to the public because in some countries such as the USA, if you have not registered the work you are limited in the amount of damages you can collect. Also registration is proof positive of the date of existence should you ever need to take someone to court for stealing your material.

Remember that ideas cannot be copyrighted (neither can titles nor character names), so basic plot structures can't be copyrighted, just the way that you flesh it out in your particular work, so registering your work gives you stronger proof of just what is your material that is being infringed.
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