What happens when you put words out there on the Internet? Do you own you writing? Can you protect it against plagiarism?
Lisa Kimrey, a business consultant and freelance writer, shares a few tips about how bloggers can use copyright laws to protect their intellectual property. Lisa is based in the United States, so her advice is US-specific.
T-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
That was my dream work attire when I still worked in the corporate world. And I totally copied that idea from Stephanie Plum. (She’s a character in a book series by Janet Evanovich.) That is Stephanie’s bounty hunter dress code!
The other part of that dream was to become a freelance writer, and I did just that thanks to Gina’s 30 days to Freelance Writing Success course.
And now, I am totally living the dream!
But for a writer, there are rules for what we can copy, and guidelines on exactly how to do it.
Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to follow these rules.
Thankfully, there are laws that protect our written work from being copied without our permission. These laws fall under copyright protection.
While there is a lot of information on the topic, there really are just a few solid ‘must knows’ for writers, which are presented below.
1. What Is a Copyright?
According to Copyrigtht.gov, a copyright – a form of intellectual property (IP) law – is a framework of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.
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