Getting Protected with Copyright
A copyright protects an Original Work of Authorship (OWA) – think short story, computer program or song lyrics, for example – which must be the author’s original creation. Here’s some at-a-glance info on copyright:
As soon as you create a work, you automatically enjoy copyright, which prevents others from copying, publishing or performing your work.
Make sure that you own the work. In other words, you didn’t produce it as an employee, or as a work made for hire.
You don’t need to register your copyright; it’s an automatic right upon creation.
Mark your work as a copyrighted work to discourage infringers and give yourself legal advantages by using the copyright symbol, followed by your company or personal name, and the date of creation, for example: © Widgets Ltd 2011.