Copyright is a protection that covers published and unpublished literary, scientific and artistic works, whatever the form of expression, provided such works is fixed in a tangible or material form. This means that if you can see it, hear it and/or touch it - it may be protected. If it is an essay, if it is a play, if it is a song, if it is a funky original dance move, if it is a photograph, HTML coding or a computer graphic that can be set on paper, recorded on tape or saved to a hard drive, it may be protected. Copyright laws grant the creator the exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform and display the work publicly. Exclusive means only the creator of such work, not anybody who has access to it and decides to grab it.

Copyright protection begins when any of the above-described work is actually created and fixed in a tangible form.

Somebody once asked if it was "illegal" to place the copyright© symbol next to your name if you have not registered your copyright. Unless you have stolen the work from somebody else and you are not the true author of the work, it is not illegal to place the copyright© symbol next to your name - it is your right to do so.

The proper way to place a copyright notice is as follows: Copyright© (first date of creation) (name of owner). Like this: Copyright© 2002 Wu, Hsu & Chen Attorneys at Law.

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Copyright in Taiwan

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Copyright Law in Mainland China
Enforcement Rules of the Copyright Law in Mainland China