It sounds almost too good to be true: Instead of going through all the paperwork and hassle of registering a copyright, all you have to do is send your work to yourself by mail to be protected. It’s called “poor man’s copyright” and there’s only one problem with the process. It doesn’t exist.
On the plus-side, before you’ve officially registered for copyright, you’re still protected by copyright laws, which kick in “the moment the work is created.”
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