Copyright Infringement and Me
Nov. 3rd, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
|Date:||November 5th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)|| |
Let’s feed the trolls! Directly from the FAQ at copyright.gov:
"Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device."
As soon as her original article was published on the Gode Cookery website, it received copyright protection. Plain and simple.
If she wants to bring a lawsuit, you are correct that she must register the copyright first. However, registration can happen at any time, before or after infringement. The only fact she must prove is she is the original author. And if she registers within five years of publication, the registration becomes prima facie evidence in court which will most certainly hold up in a court of law.
Perhaps you should actually read the Copyright Act. Simply making information available on the web does not mean that authors give up any of their rights.
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