Copyright registration for a website and the site’s content can protect all of the copyrightable content of the website that you claim as the subject of the registration.
The website copyright can cover the:
- Written Text
- Source Code
- Computer Programs
Look & Feel
The look-and-feel of a website can be protected if the individual elements are protectable and then copied. A simple way of proving that your original work has been copied is to insert some useless
code into your source code and register the copyright. If copied, the evidence will be obvious.
Copyrightable material must be original and contain a minimal level of creativity. Generally, works
that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression are not eligible for copyright protection.
Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, titles, names, slogans, procedures, methods, concepts, principles, and discoveries, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. If organized
in an original manner, that expression could be protected by copyright.
Copyright does not protect names, domain names or slogans/ tag lines on your website. These are protected under trademark law and would be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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