Photo Attorney

Sep 10, 2007

How to Put a Copyright Notice On Your Work

As discussed in my earlier blogs here and here, using a copyright notice will help to protect your work and may lead to enhanced damages for infringement. Also as noted before, the "c" in parentheses does not meet the copyright notice requirements. But because computers can only understand numbers, you have to use ASCII text (the "American Standard Code for Information Interchange") to designate certain text files online or on your computer.

To get the "c in the circle" to display on your computer or website, use HTML code "!" or "&copy" in browser view so it will look like this: © 2007 Carolyn E. Wright

For a trademark symbol on a web page, you must use the ASCII Character Code: "™" or, if your trademark is registered: "®" or "®" (browser) to look like this: PhotoAttorney®

To get the copyright symbol to display when typing text documents, you can either insert the symbol using the software program options or:

For PC -
1. Hold the Ctrl and Alt keys at the same time and press c (Ctrl+Alt+c), or
2. Hold the Alt key and type 0169 on the number pad (Alt+0169)

For Mac -
Hold down the Option key and press 'g'(Option+g)

For the trademark symbol when your trademark is not registered, press:
Ctrl+Alt+t or type Alt + 0174 on a PC; or
Option+2 on a Mac.

For the registered trademark symbol, type:
Alt + 0153 or Ctrl+Alt+r on a PC; or
Option+R on a Mac.

These are easy additional steps you can take to protect your work.

Take my advice; get professional help.

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