What is a Copyright Sign?
The copyright sign, designated by © (the letter “C” with a circle around it) is the official sign used in copyright notices for works other than musical or sound recordings, which are formally indicated with the same sign, only the “C” is replaced with a “P.”
The use of the copyright sign is described in United States copyright law, and internationally, by the Universal Copyright Convention. As a result of its universal acknowledgment, the jurisdiction where the copyright sign appears, for any particular case, will be subject to either of the aforementioned bodies of law or legislation.
What does Copyright Sign Contain, How do I make one and what does it protect against?
Based on United States Copyright Law, a copyright notice will consist of the following signs and intricacies:
The © or copyright sign simply stands for the word “copyright”; it offers protection and signifies the year the copyrighted work was published. Furthermore, the copyright sign provides a formal identification of the owner of the copyright, either by name, abbreviation or another designation by which the work is general known.
A copyright notice was once required in order to obtain protection rights– offered by a copyright sign—throughout the world; however, some countries only respect the Berne Convention’s policies and regulations regarding the affirmation and acknowledgement of copyright protections.
Because the copyright sign has long been unavailable on obsolete word processing machines, such as typewriters or older computers, it is accepted to approximate the sign with the character ( C ).
How do I make a Copyright Sign and what does it do?
Any individual can add a copyright sign to document text; there is no need for special publishing software or additional downloads to produce a copyright sign. The copyright sign can be entered by simply using any generic computer keyboard that possesses a numeric keypad.
There are a number of reasons you may wish to include a copyright sign in the body of your work; for example, if you own the rights to any written material it is fairly important that you identify your work as protected. Follow the steps below and you will be able to add a copyright sign to any and all of your documents.
The first step to adding a copyright sign to your work is identifying the proper space in which you want to place the sign. When making reference to the copyrighted material in a written document, the copyright sign is typically placed after the formal title.
When your location has been chosen, move your mouse cursor to the desired space and click on it. Find the “num lock” key on your keyboard; press it once to lock the keypad for number entry. Next, locate the “Alt” key found on the lower left or right section of the keyboard.
Once located, hold the “Alt” key and enter “0169.” Once entered, the copyright sign should appear in the space you previously indicated with your mouse and cursor.