To Register A Copyright or Not

 

It has been said that you own the intellectual property to something you write the moment it appears in print. 

I’m not sure if that is true or not, and I’m not sure if that would hold up in court. 

Our blogs are copyrighted material, make sure it says that somewhere on your blog. How about our stories that we write or submit for publication? How about stories we write for ourselves?

I don’t know about anyone else, but if I write something that is intended to be a story, no matter if I intend to publish or not, when I type “The End” I register a copyright. The cost is either thirty-five or fifty-five dollars, it can be done online https://www.copyright.gov/registration/, and in a few months you receive a certificate of your copyright. And now, , the U.S. Copyright Office adopted a final rule creating a group registration option for unpublished works, allowing registration of up to ten unpublished works for a single fee. (see the website for the details)

One thing I think is important — it is relatively inexpensive and easy to register your own copyright — don’t allow someone else to do it. There are unscrupulous individuals who may register the efforts of your imagination in the own name and attempt to steal your work.

Is this necessary?

I’m not completely sure — but whether or not I achieve fortune or fame — my intellectual property is important to me. I am the one who put the time and effort into crafting my story, and I am of the opinion it is important to legally register and protect my art. 

What do you think?


I write of the damaged and broken, because that is the norm. For each person who overcomes their demons, there are hundreds, if not thousands, who do not.

It is their stories I tell. 

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I am an independent, self-published teller of tales,
an author, as of yet, scarcely any renown.
However, as a storyteller, I know who I am,
and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable. I invite you to visit my website,

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Joe

 

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7 thoughts on “To Register A Copyright or Not

  1. This is an interesting question. I am UK-based and, personally, I wouldn’t pay to copyright anything. I couldn’t afford to. I used to write songs and I always recorded them, put them on tape or CD and posted them to myself with a copy of the lyrics. I then stashed the unopened envelopes in a drawer. Writing fiction, I keep multiple copies of everything I’ve written on memory sticks and, for what it is worth, I copyright everything before sending it for potential publication with the copyright symbol, simply… e.g. © [your name] and the date.

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    1. In the US, as it was explained to me by attorney, if the copyright is not registered, then there is no legal footing to file a claim if works are stolen.
      Not sure if anyone will ever want to steal my works, but, I am also going to arrange my copyrights be handed down to my nephews, because, ya never know 🙂

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      1. I am absolutely sure nobody would want to lay claim to my words of wisdom! But you’re attorney is right of course and I’m sure you nephews will appreciate inheriting your royalties in the future.

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