1. Does failure to put a copyright notice on a work result in loss of a copyright?

No, it does not for any recently created work (although it can result in loss of copyright for works published prior to 1976). Failure to include a copyright notice can affect the remedies available against an infringer.

2. Does failure to register a copyright on a work result in loss of a copyright?

No, but it does affect the remedies available against an infringer.

3. How is a copyright different from a patent or a trademark?

Copyright protects original works of authorship, while a patent protects inventions or discoveries. Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.

4. What is a “poor man’s copyright”?

A “poor man’s copyright” refers to the practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself by registered mail. There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration. The poor man’s copyright is an urban myth.

5. Is a copyright good in other countries?

The United States has copyright relations with most countries throughout the world, and because of these agreements, the United States and these countries honor the copyrights of one another’s citizens. However, the United States does not have such copyright relationships with every country.