Copyright Information: How Can You Be Sure That Your Work Is Protected By Copyright?

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Don't Give Copyright Away!

All writers, designers, and creators of original work worry about having their work illegally copied by others. At the time of creating your work, you may consider it to be a bit of fun with very little value, and not worry about the copyright at all.

You may even give away or sell the copyright for a paltry sum, and later regret it. Sigel and Shuster, the creators of Superman sold the complete rights for $130, in the late 1930's.

Today, however, it is common for non-fiction book and novel writers to register their work with a copyright office in order to have the full protection of the law in the event of plagiarism or un-authorised publication.



Automatic Copyright Protection

International copyright law states that when you create your own written work it is automatically protected by copyright. This applies to whatever form of writing you use, including electronic publishing.

You can further protect your work by including a copyright notice in the correct format: Copyright © (the first date of creation) (your name as the owner). The symbol c in a circle is not strictly required, but it is the accepted convention.

Therefore, this page can be protected with:

Copyright 2003. Power Business Publishing.

But it has better international protection with:

© Copyright 2003. Power Business Publishing. All Rights Reserved.



Overcome the Problems of Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when a writer takes the thoughts, ideas, writings, and expressions of another author and publishes them as their own. The last thing you want as a writer is to create a new Website, spend a lot of money driving traffic to it, and then find much of your material is being used on other Websites.

You can use the links below to learn more:

The following links provide information to help combat plagiarism, and will allow authors to learn if their work is similar to something already published.



Copyright Links

You can read more about this subject at the Copyright Office of the United States Library of Congress, or in a user-friendly format at What Is Copyright? There are also other links to Websites with interesting information on this subject:

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