What three things may be included in a copyright notice?

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    The notice for visually perceptible copies should contain three elements. They should appear together or in close proximity on the copies. The elements are:

    1. The symbol © (the letter C in a circle), or the word “Copyright,” or the abbreviation “Copr.”.

    2. The year of first publication. If the work is a derivative work or a compilation incorporating previously published material, the year date of first publication of the derivative work or compilation is sufficient. Examples of derivative works are translations or dramatizations; an example of a compilation is an anthology.

    The year may be omitted when a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work, with accompanying textual matter, if any, is reproduced in or on greeting cards, postcards, stationery, jewelry, dolls, toys, or useful articles.

    3. The name of the owner of copyright in the work, or an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally known alternative designation of the owner.

    Example: © 2007 Jane Doe

    http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ03.html

    Source(s): I'm an attorney.
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