“You need to get your work ‘copyrighted'”

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There is no such thing as ‘copyrighting’ work. Copyright is an automatic right that applies to any work that is fixed in a tangible format such as being written down or recorded. It does not need to be registered unlike patents or trademarks.

A copyright notice consists of the symbol ©, followed by the name of the copyright owner and the year of first publication.

For example: © Queensland University of Technology 1999

In the UK, a copyright notice does not need to be present to ensure protection under the Act; however, it does remind users that the work is protected and identifies the copyright owner.

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