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    Default Copyrighting a Website

    I have created a website that does some marketing over the web. You could think of it as something similar to cars.com where people pay a fee to advertise their car for sale (although what I did is not selling cars, I just used it as an example).

    What do I need to do to copyright protect myself? I noticed there are 2 options
    Copyright for online works
    and
    Copyright for Computer Software


    Which of these should I do?

    I actually have php computer programs which generate the content that is displayed on the web.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Copyrighting a Website

    What are you trying to copyright? The website, or its source code?

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    Default Re: Copyrighting a Website

    Not sure.

    This is my first one, so I'm trying to figure out what I should be getting copyrighted and what I don't need to get copyrighted.

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    Default Re: Copyrighting a Website

    Your scripts are software. The output of the scripts as seen on the page are an online work.

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    Default Re: Copyrighting a Website

    So how does this sound?

    Copyright the scripts as software.

    Then do screenprints of all of the screens and copyright those as online work.

    Am I on the right track here?

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    Default Re: Copyrighting a Website

    I suggest following the instructions on the copyright.gov website.

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