I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it?

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I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it?

The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration. At best it may be considered extrinsic evidence of creation on the date of the mailing.

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