Who owns the copyright on the copyright symbol ©??

We all know the copyright symbol ©.

But who originally came up with it and so holds the copyright on the symbol?

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  • Tom P
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    You cannot copyrite a familiar symbol, so the answer is nobody owns the copyright. See below from the US Copyright Office

    "What Is Not Protected by Copyright?

    Several categories of material are generally not eligible for federal copyright protection. These include among others:

    Works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression (for example, choreographic works that have not been notated or recorded, or improvisational speeches or performances that have not been written or recorded)

    Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents

    Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration

    Works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship (for example: standard calendars, height and weight charts, tape measures and rulers, and lists or tables taken from public documents or other common sources)"

    http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#wwp

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's universal

    That's like saying who owns the ! mark

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    or who put the bop in the bop shoo wap bop.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I do. That's $1,000 please.

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