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Q.How should a proper copyright notice appear?

A.First, it should be noted that the use of a copyright notice is no longer required under U.S. law, although it is often beneficial to proving a case of willful infringement. Because prior law did contain such a requirement, however, the use of notice is still relevant to the copyright status of older works.

A proper United States copyright notice should contain the following: (1) the letter C in a circle ( ); the abbreviation Copr., or the word Copyright spelled out in its entirety; followed by (2) the year of first publication; followed by (3) the name of the copyright owner. The proper U.S. copyright notice should then be followed by the phrase "All Rights Reserved." which serves to protect the copyright status in certain foreign countries. Thus, the copyright notice should like the following:

2001 Melissa C. Marsh. All Rights Reserved.

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