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  • #1776
    Philippa East
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    Yes, there’s been previous discussions about this. Bottom line, no need to copyright (or to put that copyright “c” on any docs.)

    Putting that “c” on looks naive at best, narcissistic at worst!

    #1777
    Alan Rain
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    @Johnalty That’s what I thought.

    @Raine
    My first reaction, too. Said author has since rubbished the idea. But otoh, every activity known to mankind has its share of cheats.

    #1780
    Alan Rain
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    @PhilippaEast That’s good to know. But I only recently took mine off, and fortunately before I sent my 50 pages off to agents.
    When I started writing it, there was plenty of advice to include the “c”.

    Just out of interest, at FOW18 (Sunday) did you have the chestnut hair? At one talk I sat behind a lady with vivid hair of that colour, and afterwards wondered if it was you.

    #1783
    Daedalus
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    I suspect there might be a difference between US and UK practice as far as copyright goes. In the UK, copyright is presupposed so you don’t need to do anything to assert it. In the US it may be a bit less clear cut

    #1785
    Philippa East
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    Hi @alanr. My hair IS kind of chestnut, but I wouldn’t call it vivid! So don’t think that was me…. Hope we will cross paths another time.

    Yes @daedalus – I suspect there is a US / UK split. The writer I knew who kept putting “c”s on things was from the States.

    I think I recall @Debi weighing in on the discussion previously to say no “c” required? @Debi??

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by Philippa East.
    #1809
    Debi Alper
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    You called, ma’am? Yes, no ‘c’ required for the reasons already given on this thread. It sends out a signal that you don’t really know how this stuff works, which is less-than professional.

    #1811
    John S Alty
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    @daedalus The law in the USA is basically the same, copyright rests with the creator as soon as the creation is in a tangible form. The difference is litigation, America’s national sport. To defend, or attack, is far less complex and expensive if you’ve registered the copyright. But, an important point, just putting the C-mark on your work, without registration, has no effect when it comes to litigation.

    #1844
    Philippa East
    Participant

    Thanks for the clarity @debi and @johnalty

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