The Truth Behind Popular Copyright Myths – written by Susan Spann

The Story Reading Ape made sure that I read this blog post, written by Susan Spann of “Writer Unboxed”. I found it informative, interesting and very helpful and couldn’t resist making sure that word is spread about this blog post. Thank you, Susan Spann!

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Copyright law can seem confusing, but authors need to know the basics—especially when (and whether) to register a copyright, and what to do when using a pseudonym. As a publishing lawyer, I work with copyright issues (and authors) all the time, and today, I thought I’d take a closer look at some popular myths about copyright law and how it applies to novels and other creative works.*

Myth #1: You have to register copyright in order to own the copyright in your work.

False. Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is not a legal requirement for copyright ownership. Copyright attaches to “qualifying works**” automatically at the time of their creation. However, copyright registration is generally required in order to file a lawsuit against infringers, and to claim certain benefits under the U.S Copyright Act, so authors should register copyright within three months of a work’s initial publication.

(**Short stories, novellas, novels, anthologies, poetry, and similar fiction and non-fiction works all generally qualify for copyright protection.)

 Myth #2: Authors benefit from copyright registration.

 

To read the entire article, please go to:

http://writerunboxed.com/2017/06/26/the-truth-behind-popular-copyright-myths/

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