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Jan 02, 2010 6:04 pm re: re: re: re: re: Looking for Private Investors and Venture Capitalists for my product

Reg Charie
Mailing yourself a sealed envelope to protect your ideas is an urban legend.

Claim:
You can effectively establish U.S. copyright protection of your work by mailing a copy of it to yourself, then retaining the sealed, postmarked envelope as proof of the date of your authorship.

Status:
Not in the U.S., but it might be of some assistance in Britain.

Mailing one's works to oneself and keeping the unopened, postmarked envelope as proof of right of ownership to them (a practice known as the "poor man's copyright") has no substantive legal effect in the U.S. We've yet to locate a case of its use where an author's copyright was established and successfully defended in a court of law by this method. At best, such mailings might serve to establish how long the author has been asserting ownership of the work, but since the postmarked-and-sealed envelope "proof" could be so easily circumvented, it is doubtful courts of law would regard such evidence as reliable.

http://www.snopes.com/legal/postmark.asp

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