Do I need to use the © symbol?

If you're confused over how you ensure ownership of your work, this is a must-read.
A hand holding block with copyright symbol on it

Like a sign that says ‘private property,’ the © symbol is a universal announcement that a creative work has a copyright owner. 

You’ll see the symbol in statements like ‘© Susie Artist, 2022’, everywhere – on books, music, visual art, articles, films, software and more. 

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