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#1 Croakesoftware   User is offline

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How to obtain a copyright for your application

Posted 28 March 2014 - 05:08 PM

Hello,

I have written a Windows application that I want to sell. As a first step, I want to get it copyrighted. I have researched on the 'net how to obtain a copyright for software. I have a good idea of how to do it, but have some questions that I cannot find answers to. Legal Zoom will obtain a copyright for around $200.00. I cannot afford that.

Has anyone copyrighted software who could help me?


Thank you

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#2 cfoley   User is offline

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Re: How to obtain a copyright for your application

Posted 31 March 2014 - 03:55 AM

As I understand it, every single line of code you have ever written is already copyrighted by you (or your employer if you were on the clock). Buying a copyright sounds like you must be buying some sort of legal services in addition to copyright.

If you are thinking of selling your software then I think licencing is more of an issue than copyright. I'm sure someone more familiar with licencing can confirm or deny.
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Re: How to obtain a copyright for your application

Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:09 AM

Copyright is implicit since 89. Unless you grant it, it's assumed you reserve it. That said, the easiest way to PROVE copyright is, imo, the USPS (well, for those in the US). I have a small stack of material that I care about the copyright to. Every piece I've either printed (if small) or burned to a disc(if large) and mailed to myself. Keep it sealed in a USPS date stamped envelope, and should it ever be challenged you can use that as evidence that you wrote the material before the date on the envelope.

Though I think it's rare that someone might try to claim they wrote your material before you did. Still, Leibniz and Newton.
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Re: How to obtain a copyright for your application

Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:06 PM

Thanks for the information.
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Re: How to obtain a copyright for your application

Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:13 PM

Something I always wondered about the postal stamp 'trick'.. Isn't it good for one use only? You're going to have to open the sealed & stamped envelope to prove its contents.
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Re: How to obtain a copyright for your application

Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

Hmmm - that's more of a myth than anything else.

The Myth of Poor Manís Copyright
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Re: How to obtain a copyright for your application

Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:43 PM

I stand corrected. PMC is now filed away with silly invalid shit I learned growing up.
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Re: How to obtain a copyright for your application

Posted 05 April 2014 - 01:23 PM

Registering your work at eCO (Electronic Copyright Office, part of the U.S. Copyright Office) is only $35. If you don't think your work is worth $35, then why are you concerned about copyright?
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