How do you get a copyright on your web pages?


If I were to release a web app what is the procedure to procuring a copyright on it?

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asked Oct 6 '10 at 05:34
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In the United States and many other places, a copyright is automatically granted to the author of original work. Trademarks and patents need registration.


Registration of copyright refers to
the act of registering the work with
the United States Copyright Office,
which is an office of the Library of
Congress. As the United States has
joined the Berne Convention,
registration is no longer necessary to
provide copyright protection. However,
registration is still necessary to
obtain statutory damages in case of

Registration instructions for the United States can be found at
answered Oct 6 '10 at 05:36
Nick C
311 points
  • thanks, that is exactly what I was looking for. Guess I should have wikipediad that :) – Chromedude 13 years ago
  • You can also, put a little "(c) 2010, YourCompanyNameHere" in your page footer to let people know you claim copyright over the contents. – Doug 13 years ago


Note that in the U.S. there is a big difference between the legal protections you get with an automatic copyright, as opposed to what you get when you register with the copyright office.

If you don't actually register the copyright you can't collect attorney fees or statutory damages for copyright infringement. In practice, those limitations make it almost impossible to sue someone for copyright infringement unless you register the copyright first. See a lawyer for details.

answered Oct 6 '10 at 06:56
Gary E
12,510 points

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