Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: are emails copyrighted? ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: are emails copyrighted?
Category: Computers
Asked by: water_genius-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 14 Aug 2006 14:16 PDT
Expires: 13 Sep 2006 14:16 PDT
Question ID: 755954
What is the law or precedent regarding the question of casual email
correspondence having a copyright attached to it?

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 14 Aug 2006 14:20 PDT
In what country?

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: are emails copyrighted?
From: aaugustj-ga on 16 Aug 2006 07:32 PDT
In general, anything you write which is unique (and not attributed to
another) is copyrighted. You may declare that copyright to make prior
ownership clear, but as soon as you write something, you have an
implicit copyright on it.
Subject: Re: are emails copyrighted?
From: kriswrite-ga on 16 Aug 2006 08:24 PDT
Aaugustj is correct. Any creative written work (nonfiction or fiction)
is copyrighted the moment it is written.

Subject: Re: are emails copyrighted?
From: capme-ga on 21 Aug 2006 00:41 PDT
It depends on the country you are living in, but in general

"What Is Copyright 


Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United
States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of ?original works of
authorship,? including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and
certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both
published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act
generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and
to authorize others to do the following:

To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;

To prepare derivative works based upon the work; 

To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale
or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;

To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical,
dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and
other audiovisual works;

To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical,
dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic,
or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion
picture or other audiovisual work; and

In the case of sound recordings*, to perform the work publicly by
means of a digital audio transmission.


Who Can Claim Copyright?
Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form."

summary: As your email written (the time the work is created in fixed
form) you have "owner" of the Copyright rights.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy