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What are copyright symbols?

Article classification: copyright symbol Release date: 10:20:10, December 11, 2019 Click through rate:

What are copyright symbols? When we browse the website, we usually have an English "copyright" at the bottom, or when we open our mobile phone. Many people may not understand the meaning of this symbol. In fact, it represents copyright. The English name of the copyright is "copyright". We often see the symbol marked with "?", which refers to the copyright symbol.

 What are copyright symbols?

Copyright symbol

Copyright symbol is a way to inform others that the work has been protected by copyright and indicate the owner of the copyright. Before March 1, 1989, in order to obtain copyright protection in the United States, the copyright mark must be attached to the copy of the published work.

Since 1802, the copyright law of the United States requires the author or copyright owner to mark the copyright mark on the published or published works, and this is the premise of obtaining the copyright. According to the American copyright law of 1909, the consequences of not using copyright mark are very serious.

If the author or copyright owner does not use the copyright mark or does not use the copyright mark correctly, the work will automatically enter the public domain and everyone can use it, and the author or publisher will lose the copyright.

This practice continued until the end of the 20th century. In the 1976 American copyright law, the requirements for copyright marks were retained, but the requirements were relaxed to allow the correction of unintentional errors or omissions of copyright marks.

On March 1, 1989, the United States formally acceded to the Berne Convention for the protection of literary and artistic works. According to Article 5 (2) of the Convention, it is not necessary to go through any procedures to enjoy and exercise copyright, regardless of whether there is protection in the country of origin of the work. That is to say, copyright protection cannot be restricted by procedures such as marking. Therefore, when the United States acceded to the Berne Convention, it abolished the requirement of compulsory copyright marking. The current international practice is to mark the copyright mark, which can clearly show that the work is protected by the copyright, and can also make others clear the copyright owner.

In China, the principle of automatic protection is implemented, that is, the copyright of works is created from the date of creation. That is to say, the copyright protection is immediately obtained with the publication of the work, and there is no need to declare it. However, we can also see copyright marks on books, records and software to remind others that the work is protected by copyright.

What are the contents of copyright symbols?

Generally, the copyright mark should include three contents: the word "copyright", or the abbreviation "COPR" of "copyright", or the copyright mark "?". The copyright of the recording works is marked with "?". The year in which the work was first published, or the year in which the work was created when it was not published. The name of the copyright owner.

Format of copyright symbol

The copy of the copyright work shall be marked with the copyright mark in the correct format: copyright [date] by [author / copyright owner]. Copyright can be replaced by "?" but not (c).

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