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I am hope that someone might be able to assist me with a question...


I am wondering how much of a document needs to be changed to manage the copyright of that document? I am after information on whether it is the full wording of a document, or if some parts can remain the same? This is to do with a style guide which was written specific to the writing of reports. My understanding is that the client has been given the okay to utilise the document and adapt it to his business. In a brief flip through the document I haven't located a copyright symbol anywhere in the document yet. Any information on this topic would be very helpful.


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I don't know if you are dealing with an Australian client or one in the United States, but here's the link to the U.S. Copyright Office's FAQ page: http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/.


In the United States, a work is protected by copyright (with or without a copyright symbol or statement) from the moment it is created in a form that others can perceive (that means it's not copyrighted while it is only in your head--but once it is on paper or recorded in some other media). Although a verbal okay is quicker, it is best to get the okay to utilize someone else's work in writing.


Debbie Lynn

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