A symbol or phrase on a work that informs others that the work is protected by copyright. Although works produced in the US today are not required to have a mark displayed to be protected by copyright, many authors and producers inlcude a copyright notice to deter unauthorized use of their work.
The notice must not be concealed from view in normal use, and must include the copyright symbol ( © ), the name of the copyright owner and the year the work was first published.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
The formal notice consisting of the copyright symbol (or word, copyright), plus the date of publication and the owner's name, placed on published copies of a copyrighted work. For works published in the U.S. after March 1, 1989, copyright notice is not required. A notice is still useful to remind others that the work is copyrighted, to steer a would-be user in the right direction to obtain permission, and to preclude a defense of "I didn't know it was copyrighted" if someone uses the copyrighted material without permission. (See also: published work
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:13 pm