Lets say I took my app (source code) and registered it with the copyright office of my country.

After that what form of proof do I get?

Do I get papers that have my souce code printed on them and signed by the office?


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    Copyright law varies by jurisdiction. Right now, your question is effectively asking about every country in the world. Please include a tag or information indicating what country you are asking about. – Makyen Jan 27 at 23:19
  • My mind baffles at the thought of actually registering a specific set of source code files with a copyright authority, given how often source code changes... What happens with the next update? Have to reregister it? New feature? Bug fix? – Moo Jan 28 at 1:36
  • @Moo shouldn't android developers register the code to prove authorship of the app? – SomeUser Jan 28 at 19:11
  • As I say above, which version? It’s going to change each time you make even the smallest modification, so..... I wouldn’t bother tbh, you have copyright from the moment you save the first source code file, and having a decent history in git or other source control goes a long way toward proving provenance in any legal dispute. I guarantee you that the vast majority of app devs never even consider registering, because it brings little benefit - they already have copyright protection under international law, registering just allows you to claim certain types of damage and a few other things. – Moo Jan 28 at 19:20
  • @Moo what do you mean github? – SomeUser Jan 28 at 19:26

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In Canada, you get a registration certificate. It doesn't state if the certificate is electronic, or paper. However, you can request a copy in either form for an additional fee.

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