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I am currently in the process of setting up a small on-line business. I was wondering what the law is regarding copyright of logos, articles, etc. that I create / write and publish to the internet. Is there a certain procedure for me to go through to copyright / protect my own unique works, writings, logos, etc. Diarmuid, Portlaoise.

I am currently in the process of setting up a small on-line business.  I was wondering what the law is regarding copyright of logos, articles, etc. that I create / write and publish to the internet.  Is there a certain procedure for me to go through to copyright / protect my own unique works, writings, logos, etc. Diarmuid, Portlaoise.

Hi Diarmuid.  Any creative work vests intellectual rights (copyright in this case) in the author/creator of the work by operation of law.  Publishing to the internet, of course, brings the international dimension to it with consequent problems of enforcement.

If you do have to enforce your copyright, you will have to show that the work was created on a particular date, which was prior to the date of any plagiarism that might occur.  To do this it is usual for authors, etc., to post a hard copy of their work to themselves by registered mail and when it arrives don’t open it.  Make sure that the seals remain intact and if ever there is a case that requires you to enforce your rights the original sealed envelope can be produced to the Court. 

As an alternative, you can go to a Solicitor and have an affidavit drawn up exhibiting the work with a date stamp on each page stamped by the Solicitor.  Given the international nature of your proposal, however, I would recommend that you use a Notary Public.

Finally, there is an obligation for every copyrighted work to carry the copyright symbol (c in a circle), followed by the year or years of creation, followed by the name of the author – in your case © 2008 Diarmuid Surname

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