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From the guidelines the Copyright Office provided on online works, they admit the laws are currently dated and do not specifically address this kind of material. I have a PHP-SQL driven site, but the Copyright Office states that databases are copyrighted separately, which presumes that you need to make two registrations, one for the database, and the other for the website contents. However, the descriptive criteria of a database as given by the Copyright Office doesn't really fit SQL to a "t".
That's why I'm interested to know the experiences of anyone who registered their website. I think it would be prudent and kind of cool gettign a certificate. Then you can sue people left and right for copyright violations as a perverse way of spending your free time :-) *just kidding* >:-)
With one site I had stolen from me, my name was taken off the copyright and replaced as copyrighted to another individual. I sent screenshots to the web host when the site "owner" said "make me" including the cache with my copyright notice in there, as well as additional files I had. I caught the person in the logs snatching the files, so I took a screenshot with the IP number of where the site was moved to. Nothing legal had to be done, the web host (who took the files) made some changes mighty quick.
Some people will try to avoid problems if you convince them they're in for a hassle, but it's not a substitute for doing it the right way, though it's not a bad temporary measure.
It's not a catastrophe for some small sites that can easily be re-done, but for large content sites it's critical.
You know what perturbs me though, is seeing an exact replica of my site on the Internet Wayback Machine, and not only that, but seeing embarassingly UGLY sites I created before I designed my current site. Something about Archive.org ripping every bloody freaking file I've created on God's green earth since the beginning of time, just rubs me the wrong way. I'm gonna have to write them a letter to get my material out of their database. Yeesh!
joined:Jan 30, 2002
yep, sorry, was referring specifically to the UK postal system I guess. Basically, you need recorded delivery to prove the date of the contents of the delivery! Any other way could have just been someone licking an envelope and claiming it was "made then".
It was suggested to me that this is the way to do it. Only when I came here did I find it was the unviversal "poor man's way" :)
Either way, its a very cost effective way of proving you made/wrote something on a particular date........i'd probably make 2 copies just to make sure!