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2204.1 Notice for Works Fixed in Copies

2204.1 Notice for Works Fixed in Copies


A notice for a work published before March 1, 1989 that has been fixed in copies should include the following elements:


• The symbol ¬© or the word “Copyright” or the abbreviation “Copr.”;


• The year of first publication for the work; and


• The name of the copyright owner, or an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally known alternative designation of the owner.


17 U.S.C. § 401 (B). Each of these terms are discussed in Sections 2204.4 and 2205 below. The elements of the notice should appear as a single continuous statement containing the copyright symbol or the word “Copyright” or the abbreviation “Copr.,” followed by the year of first publication, followed by the name of the copyright owner.


Examples:


• ¬© 1978 John Doe


• Copyright 1980 John Doe


• Copr. 1982 John Doe



In the case of a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work, the year of publication may be omitted if the work is reproduced on greeting cards, postcards, stationery, jewelry, dolls, toys, or any useful article.