Software Copyright

Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 03:25 pm
I'm thinking of getting a copyright on a computer program I'm developing.
(It's a lot more involved than the simple one I posted at this site.)

I want to write 10 versions of the program in a few different computer languages and then copyright all the versions all at once.

Is it possible to do that? And how does one go about copyrighting code, anyhow?

My main goals in this are:
(1) to build name recognition for myself in order to land future jobs;
(2) to distribute the program to as many people as possible.
Profiting off future royalties isn't a goal, because I don't understand business or the law.
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 09:00 pm
If you are going to give away this program, why copyright it?

Reply Fri 20 Sep, 2013 03:26 pm
Good question.

Basically, I want formal acknowledgment that I wrote the program, so that I can mention it on my resumé. Also, if I don't copyright the code, someone else could steal my idea, say it was their idea, and sue me for infringing on their copyright. I have no idea whether there's some other way besides a copyright that I can take formal credit for being the code's author.

I'm hoping that if I become known for writing good code, some company will hire me, and they can worry about the legal side of things for me.
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