What is Copyright?
Copyright protects the expression of ideas in tangible forms. When you own the copyright to a work, you control the
use and commercial exploitation of these works. This means that you have the right to prevent others from
reproducing, publishing, performing, communicating to the public, or adapting your work.
The © Symbol
The copyright or © symbol is merely a notice by the owner that copyright exists. The presence of the symbol
does not give the copyright owner any additional rights; the absence of the symbol does not mean that the copyright
owner has waived his rights.
In practice, the symbol is usually followed by the year when a copy of the work
was first made available and the name of the copyright owner.