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Hi there, fellow programmers!

Have you been ripped off? Nope, not by downtown muggings or get-rich-quick schemes. But rather by pirates and crackers just waiting to make your programming life a misery?

It's a sad fact of life, but when you get your application onto the Net, whether it's shareware of freeware, others may download it, crack it, pirate it, or just extract stuff from it to use in their own applications.

Do you want this to happen? Certainly not! So what can you do about it?

For our own safety, governments from around the world have signed treaties and passed acts to protect us from the illegal abuse of our creations. They are called the "Intellectual Property Laws".

And by the end of this article, you'll learn how you can enforce these laws by instantly creating your own copyright, registering a trademark or patent, and we'll even throw in your own license agreement to prevent you from any unsightly lawsuits.

WARNING: The information presented within this article is presented as a general guide to current legislation. It cannot be considered, under any circumstances, legal advice. The author nor Developer.com will accept no responsibility for the accuracy of this information. It is highly recommended you counsel with an authorised legal representative or Intellectual Property expert regarding the matters highlighted herein. Note that not all jurisdictions apply full intellectual property laws and that some laws may not apply to you.

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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