How to prove you wrote it

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    sometimes i do something like this at the top of the program:
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    char*copyright="Copyright (c) 2004 John Shao";
    the string literal shows up in a hex editor, and you can see it in the source code. That also makes it easy to call the copyright statement in the run of the program... that way you can prove you at least had open access to the source...

    it won't give you any real protection, but it helps to be able to show your copyright in a hex editor and a running version of the program, not to mention in the source code (if you still have it when you need to prove it's yours)

    I also put in obscure comments that make sense, but only somebody that acts as immature as i do would put in... things like "figure this out on your own" and "delete this and watch the program die"
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    The thing I've always wondered is if you put a copyright on something like

    Copyright (C) 2004 Bludstayne Software

    How will the court know who Bludstayne Software is and who represents it? Some dude may claim that he's part of the team, even though he is not, and there is no way to prove that he isn't.

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    Originally posted by mithrandir
    I remember having to do an AC-21 they were a $$$$$, I mean a real $$$$$ because you'd have to do an BX-25 first, then a YW-55 after that. And the canteen food, that was so goddamn awful after eating like a king at Westpoint.

    Wait, a second...am I just making this up?!
    No, of course not. It's not like they never actually gave you the navy job or anything



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    >> Wait, a second...am I just making this up?!

    Yes, my bull$$$$ detector is off the chart!

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    How will the court know who Bludstayne Software is and who represents it? Some dude may claim that he's part of the team, even though he is not, and there is no way to prove that he isn't.
    You show the courts your buisness license, your employment records, and sworn affidavits from other team members.

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    Originally posted by bludstayne
    How will the court know who Bludstayne Software is and who represents it? Some dude may claim that he's part of the team, even though he is not, and there is no way to prove that he isn't.
    that's why you have to prove to the court that you have rights to that copyritght...
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    Would I just write somewhere that Bludstayne Software is copyrighted by me, and it would all be gravy?

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    I believe I read something about registration being necessary for any lawsuits. Why don't you check out the "copyright links" thread that someone posted a while ago
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    *whistles*
    Copyright Links

    One of those links shows the proper way display a copyright notification. From what I have read registration with the copyright office is required before making a claim.

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    really? I thought you didn't need to register your copyright... you just have absolutely no protection unless you do... and somebody else could copyright something and then register their copyright and sue you for it...
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    Sort of like the saying "Locks only keep honest people out"
    "Think not but that I know these things; or think
    I know them not: not therefore am I short
    Of knowing what I ought."
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    really? I thought you didn't need to register your copyright... you just have absolutely no protection unless you do... and somebody else could copyright something and then register their copyright and sue you for it...
    Thats why anything of importance should be depoisted with the copyright office. While there are methods to prove you are the orignal author it becomes much easier if you have the piece of paper from them (at least I think they send you a piece of paper)

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