Copyright is a means of providing safety rights to authors for their original work (both published and unpublished) including literary, sculptural musical and other intellectual works through the laws of United States. These safety rights, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work, can be licensed, transferred and/or assigned. It is prohibited for anyone to disobey any of the rights presented by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. The US Copyright Office aims to provide the best public service and the best quality product.
Initially copyright was only concerned with thwarting the illegal copying of printed material but the law has changed and now also prevents a variety of copyright breach incidents from the designs on clothing to the content on CD’s; the law now includes an increasing amount of subject matter, and this increase has been accompanied by the acts taken to be regarded as breach.
Copyright has been internationally standardized; it lasts between fifty and one hundred years from the author’s death, or a briefer period for anonymous or corporate authorship. Generally, copyright is implemented as a national matter, though some jurisdictions do apply criminal sanctions.
DESIGN ELEMENTS OF THE COPYRIGHT LOGO:
The copyright logo (or copyright symbol) is a great example of a professional logo. The symbol shown above has been available on typewriters and ASCII-based computer systems for a long time. One can enter this symbol on Windows systems, by means of Alt codes whereas on Macintosh systems, it may be entered with G.
Shape of the Copyright logo:
The “c” enclosed in a circle depicts the security it provides to the owner for his original piece of work. This symbol identifies the copyright owner and the year of publication.
Color of the Copyright logo:
The black in the copyright symbol depicts the symbol’s power warning off against the consequences that might result if one disobeys the copyright law.
Font of the Copyright logo:
The bold “c” enhances the power of copyright that it provides to the owner for his work.