copyright notice in addition to CC license notice?
mburrows2 at earthlink.net
Sat May 28 17:19:29 EDT 2005
To clarify, the (c) and (p) notices provide benefits under copyright law (as
does registration). Registration is required for US works for an
infringement suit (and, w/ some nuances, to collect statutory damages and
----- Original Message -----
From: "Evan Prodromou" <evan at bad.dynu.ca>
To: "Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts"
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Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2005 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: copyright notice in addition to CC license notice?
> On Sat, 2005-05-28 at 11:35 -0700, Mark Ivey wrote:
> > If I have a CC license notice on my work, do I also need the copyright
> > notice? I couldn't anything about this on the CC website.
> > The instructions for using the GPL explicitly state that I need the
> > copyright notice so I assume I do for CC also. Is that right?
> Let me tell you a little something about Bad Bart, Mark.
> OK, just kidding. Side issue there.
> The rule in the USA used to be that you _had_ to put a copyright notice
> on every work in order to retain copyright on it. This rule kind of
> disappeared back in the 70s when the USA joined the Berne Convention and
> we got the idea of "natural copyright" -- that is, that you
> automatically have a copyright on everything you produce.
> However, many if not most people still use the copyright notice format:
> Copyright YEAR, YEAR, YEAR NAME.
> ...or something along those lines. This is not strictly necessary, but
> it _is_ pretty useful; after all, knowing who holds the rights to a
> work, and what year(s) the work was made are pretty useful.
> For some reason, though, the Creative Commons Web site deprecates the
> use of copyright notices in favor of those "This work under a Creative
> Commons license" notices. I don't know why, but that's been the style
> for quite a long time.
> Anyways, to answer your question: no, you don't need to, but it helps.
> Evan Prodromou
> evan at bad.dynu.ca
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