I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it?


By Andrew Hudson Published: August 14, 2012 Updated: October 24, 2013

Mailing a copy to yourself, but it has no legal basis.

“The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a ‘poor man’s copyright.’ There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.”
U.S. Copyright Office

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