U.S. Copyright Office – Copyright Notice

Definition 1

The copyright notice consists of three elements. They are the “c” in a circle (©), the year of first publication, and the name of the owner of copyright. A copyright notice is no longer legally required to secure copyright on works first published on or after March 1, 1989, but it does provide legal benefits.

Definition 2

A statement placed on copies or phonorecords of a work to inform the public that a copyright owner is claiming ownership of the particular work. A copyright notice consists of three elements:

  • The copyright symbol © (or for phonorecords, the symbol Ⓟ), the word “Copyright”, or the abbreviation “Copr.”;
  • The year of first publication of the work; and
  • The name of the copyright owner.

A copyright notice is no longer legally required to secure copyright on works first published on or after March 1, 1989, although it does provide legal benefits.


Source, Definition 1: United States Copyright Office.
Source, Definition 2: United States Copyright Office.  PDF: U.S. Copyright Office – glossary
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