U.S. law no longer requires the use of a copyright notice on printed material, although still beneficial. Prior law did contain such a requirement so we used to be able look for the Copyright disclaimer (usually on the first page) and the phrase “Copyright © 2016, Crouser & Associates, Inc.” and if we didn’t have one, we’d be pretty well good to reproduce the item. Not so easy now because:
“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.” For more, see the question, “When is my work protected?” at: http://copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#what
Well, that could place us in a awkward situation when it comes to reproducing anything that might seem to us to be potentially copyright protected because we don’t have definitive guidelines.
For the straight word from the man (US Copyright Office), download this circular. Gives you all of the info. Anyway, if you want to know more, then download this Copyright Circular 3.
Companion Copyright Form
Also check out the free companion downloadable copyright form. Click below to download.