It does not matter. This misunderstanding probably comes from the US, where before 1 January 1979 a notice was required to retain copyright. The US subsequently signed the Berne Convention and as a result the use of copyright notices became optional on work published before 1 March 1989. Nevertheless, we think it is highly advisable to use a copyright notice. Doing so is a reminder to users that copyright exists and may therefore deter infringement.
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- If a work is unpublished does copyright apply?
- Can I post a copy to myself as proof that it is copyright?
- Can copyright protect ideas?
- Can a name or title be protected by copyright?
- If a work is available online then can’t anyone use it? Isn’t it public domain?
- A work doesn’t have a copyright notice; is it protected by copyright?
- If only a small amount of a work is used, then permission is not needed?
- If changes are made to the work, then permission is not needed?
- If the author is credited, then permission is not needed?