Note: I am not an attorney. The following are generalizations only based on my study of copyright
and are not meant to be construed as legal advice. If you have a question, consult a competent attorney
specializing in copyrights and intellectual property law.
Registration of copyright is a different matter.
It does not happen automatically. Contact the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress for the form.
It must be completed exactly and completely. Send the form, fee, and one copy of the work if published Jan. 1, 1978, or later. (If published before that date, send two copies.)
A few months later you will receive your registration, although your work is considered registered as soon as the Copyright Office receives the correct documents and fee.
Most authors put a "copyright notice" on their work. This should consist of the word "copyright" or the abbreviation "copr." plus the date and the author's name. You may use the copyright symbol in addition, but it is not required, nor does it substitute for the word or the abbreviation.
copyright 1996-2002, Martha Beth Lewis, Ph.D.