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There are three elements required for copyright notice. These elements are: (1) the word "copyright" or an approved variation (including the symbol© , (2) the name of the copyright owner, and (3) the year of first publication. When notice is placed on copies of a copyrighted work, it must "be affixed to the copies in such a manner and location as to give reasonable notice of the claim of copyright." It is not longer necessary to use the copyright notice, but doing so can affect the amount of damages recoverable for infringement by precluding a defense of "innocent infringement".