copyright notice

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.

See: Copyright