Saturday, January 31, 2009

Copyrights and You Part I

As you move through the phases of developing your work, the question about copyrighting your material will (or should) naturally come to mind. Many people think that you are protected if you simply mail a copy of your manuscript to yourself in a package that is trackable and keep the tracking information. That process is incorrect and will definitely not provide the type of protection you would need if you should enter into a suit against someone using your work without permission.

You are expending a great amount of energy writing your manuscript, you should at least spend some time finding out the proper way to protect your work.  

Understandably, one of the benefits of posting your work to Net | Novelist will be that it is free and you receive free critiquing from the community, however, it would be beneficial to spend a sum of money on copywriting.  

Going directly to the US Copyright Office provides a means for you to do it online. It is inexpensive, self- explanatory, and easy to navigate. As of this writing, the cost is $35 to register a work of authorship.

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