Copyright Statement

All material on this blog – text, drawings and other artwork, photographs and any other creations – is protected by copyright and may only be used with permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright 2008 Debra A. Bailey

For those like me who have nothing better to do than get lost in the marvels that are contained in the US Copyright Office website, visit them at:

http://www.copyright.gov

My personal favorite entry is from their online FAQ:

How do I protect my sighting of Elvis?
Copyright law does not protect sightings. However, copyright law will protect your photo (or other depiction) of your sighting of Elvis. Just send it to us with a Form VA application and the filing fee. No one can lawfully use your photo of your sighting, although someone else may file his own photo of his sighting. Copyright law protects the original photograph, not the subject of the photograph.

These more mundane highlights are the basis for my claims on this site:

From the US Copyright Office Circular 1 on Copyright Basics: How Long Copyright Protection Endures:

A work that was created (fixed in tangible form for the first time) on or after January 1, 1978, is automatically protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the author’s life plus an additional 70 years after the author’s death.

From the US Copyright Office FAQ on Copyright:

The original authorship appearing on a website may be protected by copyright. This includes writings, artwork, photographs, and other forms of authorship protected by copyright.

From the US Copyright Office Circular 66: Copyright Registration for Online Works:

Copyright protects original authorship fixed in tangible form (17 USC sec. 102(a)). For works transmitted online, the copyrightable authorship may consist of text, artwork, music, audiovisual material (including any sounds), sound recordings, etc. Copyright does not protect ideas, procedures, systems, or methods of operation (17 USC sec. 102(b)).

Under U.S. law, copyright protection subsists from the time the work is fixed in any tangible medium of expression from which it can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

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