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Self-reflexive?[edit]

We sort of have a self-reflexive definition here in the lede: "The copyright symbol... is [a] symbol..." Any good suggestions to replace that second "symbol"? --Midnightdreary (talk) 17:49, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

I think it's fine. There are many symbols, and this is one of them. I think we can expect the reader to know what a symbol is. For the occasional reader who does not, I just added a wikilink to symbol. I think that's sufficient. Trying to avoid use of the word "symbol" will just reduce clarity, I think. TJRC (talk) 19:35, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Korean use of Unicode U+24D2[edit]

An editor has added some text that is essentially unsourced, much of which is also erroneous:

Some Korean websites use (U+24D2, CIRCLED LATIN SMALL LETTER C) symbol, the fake copyright symbol which looks alike to the real one, instead of © symbol, which is the real copyright symbol. The websites which use instead of © are not under copyright at all since they are using the fake symbol, although it is because there is no © symbol in Korean code page.

There are at least a couple things things wrong with this. I've reverted it twice, so it's worth explaining.

  • The copyright symbol is legally defined by its appearance. There's nothing "fake" about using a character at a particular codepoint. See 17 USC § 401 for US law on its definition; and Universal Copyright Convention, Article III, § 1 for international law on its definition. Note that both of these definitions significantly pre-date Unicode. The U.S. statute was enacted in 1976 (and I think the copyright symbol was in the 1909 Act that preceded it, for that matter); and the UCC was signed in 1952. Obviously, neither was dependent on Unicode, which started up in the late 1980s.
  • The text above does not make clear whether the Korea referred to is North Korea or South Korea, but in any event, both nations are signatories to the Berne Convention, which prohibits a country from conditioning copyright on inclusion of a copyright notice. The claim that these web pages are "not under copyright at all since they are using the fake symbol" is clearly erroneous. The copyright symbol is superfluous.

Some kernels of truth or potential truth:

  • There is a character U+24D2 which appears as shown.
  • I have no knowledge of Korean code pages, so I don't know whether "there is no © symbol in Korean code page" is true or not. I'll leave that point in.

I've revised the text to the more simple and at least not not overtly wrong:

The character CIRCLED LATIN SMALL LETTER C (, mapped in Unicode at position U+24D2[1]) is sometimes used as a substitute copyright symbol where the actual copyright symbol is not available in the character set; for example, in some Korean code pages.
  1. ^ http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2460.pdf

I also converted the link from an inline link to a reference while I was at it. TJRC (talk) 05:48, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

Well, the thing is that the character © is officially named as COPYRIGHT SYMBOL but ⓒ isn't. ⓒ is just CIRCLED LATIN SMALL LETTER C, which isn't even related to copyright at all. --­ (talk) 07:37, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
Yes, the name that Unicode calls it by is CIRCLED LATIN SMALL LETTER C, not COPYRIGHT SYMBOL. That's noted. But what constitutes a legal copyright symbol is not defined by the Unicode Consortium or how it names things. The symbol is legally defined by its appearance, which is essentially a letter C in a circle. Both characters meet the legal definitions in the U.S. Copyright Act and the UCC. In short, CIRCLED LATIN SMALL LETTER C is related to copyright, regardless of whether the Unicode Consortium intended it to be. Furthermore, even if the CIRCLED LATIN SMALL LETTER C were not a legal copyright symbol, it would not affect the copyright of documents that used it, because the symbol is not a requirement for copyright; at least not in most of the world, in particular including the U.S. and both Koreas. TJRC (talk) 08:01, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

(C) or (c)[edit]

Is it (C) or (c) or either? Source? --Bensin (talk) 14:49, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Neither if you can't use @ then The US Patent and Trademark office accepts "Copr." or "Copyright" spelled-out as substitutesBihco (talk) 22:19, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
The Patent and Trademark Office has nothing to do with copyright. To the extent that copyright is under any federal agency, it's within the purview of the Copyright Office, not the PTO. Early documents on Copyright Office procedure indicate that a wide variety of approximate symbols were acceptable, but ultimately, the issue of sufficiency of notice is a matter for the courts, not the CO. TJRC (talk) 22:40, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

Copyright symbol should be called "Copyright notice"?[edit]

I had a meeting with some officials at the US Library of Congress recently. During that meeting I used the term "copyright symbol" to refer to the circle-c. They said, actually it's called a copyright notice, not symbol.

Should the content on this page be moved to "Copyright notice" and redirect this page to that one? Stevemidgley (talk) 21:23, 21 February 2010 (UTC)

I think you had to have misunderstood something. The © character is the "copyright symbol." A "copyright notice" is the combination of the copyright symbol (or the word "copyright" or abbreviation "Copr."), the identity of the copyright owner, and the year of first publication. It's definitely not the symbol by itself. See http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/401.html. TJRC (talk) 00:44, 22 February 2010 (UTC)
You are right - thanks. I'm sure I didn't misunderstand the folks at LoC but it's clear they were incorrect. Definitive reference on LoC's site: http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-definitions.html Stevemidgley (talk) 00:32, 14 January 2012 (UTC)