On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 13:03:28 -0500, "paul m escude"
Can't tell, because I don't know what country you're in.
Generally though (for most countries), you can't copyright a creative
design, but you can copyright a _description_
of it, such as a
Copyright of this drawing is automatic. But to make life easier if you
ever need to defend it, get some dated and notarised copies of it into
a safe place. You don't usually need to "register" a copyright and
most such schemes are simple scams (this varies by country). It may be
difficult though to defend against a copy of your design, if the
copier can demonstrate they haven't seen your description of it.
Some countries may also have "registered design" options for you. This
can cost money though, a small amount of you do the paperwork
yourself, a large amount for lawyers to do it. Registered designs are
generally protected for a shorter period than copyright.
IMHE, lawyers (of the commonplace "high street" variety) are ignorant
and useless on copyright law 8-(
If you're in the UK, where I am, feel free to ask more.
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