Just a modest reminder: for a copyright notice of visual works to be valid in the U.S., it must contain three elements: 1. the word "Copyright" or the abbreviation "Copr.," or the C-in-circle copyright symbol [©]; 2. the year of publication; and 3. the rights owner's name, all placed in close proximity to each other.
I just thought I'd mention this because in looking at pictures on the web, I often see a "C" in parentheses, i.e., (c), or this: "© All rights reserved." Neither are valid copyright notices.
Copyright notice used to be mandatory—you lost your copyright if you published your work without it. For works first published on or after March 1, 1989, it's optional, but it's still a good idea, because it prevents infringers from using the "innocent infringer" defense—that is, whoever rips you off can't say they didn't know. Judgments against innocent infringers (and thus, the judgment you are awarded) are often reduced by the courts.
(Source: Circular 3 of the U.S. Copyright Office.)
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