Is Copyright Protection Automatic?
A look at whether Copyright Protection is automatic.
by TaurusBeats (Taurus James)
Under the 1976 Copyright Act, which became effective January 1, 1978, a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created.
A work is created when it is "fixed" in a copy for the first time. Neither registration in the Copyright Office nor publication is required for copyright protection under the present law.