How to Find the Copyright Owner for Internet Materials

Like any other work, a copyright protected electronic work is not required to carry a notice of copyright registration. To protect yourself, it is your responsibility to determine if the work is protected. Here are some tips to help identify the copyright owner.

1. Who is responsible for the intellectual content? Look for a name. Many times the creator will include their name, usually at the bottom of the page, or will include an e-mail link.

2. Can’t find a name or a link? This might happen if the link is a single page within a larger site. Try finding the main page or home page for the site. This page should include a statement of intellectual responsibility.

3. If the home page contains no statement of intellectual responsibility, try to identify the server on which the page resides. The server should provide you contact information.