Copyright? Copywrong!

I have a question for you. Have you put a copyright on your work? If not, will you ever intend to (I’m talking about before you get published). If you have posted some of your work on your blog are you wary of the fact that any Joe Shmoe can plagiarise it? Claim it as their own. So, essentially, stealing.

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was entering a short story competition and I was possibly going to post this story on my blog. I have been thinking about this and I am very reluctant to. I know that a lot of bloggers post their work. But with all this illegal downloading, where people don’t think twice about going on file sharing websites to download their favourite movies or tv shows, who’s to say that it stops at media? People can go trolling the internet for potential assignments, or short story ‘ideas’. It  happens everyday.

I have read that once you publicise your work it is more or less copyrighted. But not in the legal sense. However paying for copyright can get expensive. So where do we go from there? Just sit back and hope for the best? I guess it’s a risk, isn’t it. Much like anything else we do. Which goes to show how much trust there is in the world. Or is there? Is plagiarism just par for the course? Tell me what you think.

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Writer, reader and conspiracy theorist. Enjoys fiery banter. Hearts vintage typewriters, reading horribly scary books in bed and tortoises.

7 Responses to “Copyright? Copywrong!”

  1. I don’t breathe a word about my book or the plot or anything at all until I finish it and then apply for a copyright. Sure, people can steal it from your blog, but in the end you have the proof on your computer carefully date stamped by your lovely machine. Not to mention the blog’s date stamping. That’s proof enough if you want to press it. If some jerk makes millions on your ideas or words, you will be able to find a lawyer to represent you.

    With that said, get it copyrighted. It is cheap and can’t hurt.

    • Of course, you have the proof when you post don’t you. I didnt think of that. You’d think I’d know that from the amount of crime shows I watch – IP addresses! They always check the internet for clues and they always mention an IP address. Thanks for your thoughts :)

  2. I recently started blogging and I wonder about this sometimes. I haven’t come to any conclusions yet and I’m not sure how to go about getting something copyrighted if I do decide to go in that direction. I am interested in seeing what others have to say about this.

    • I have seen a link on someone’s blog about a free copyrighting service but I didn’t stay on that site long enough to find out what the deal was. If I come across it again (I have forgotten which blog it was. Not someone I follow) I’ll repost on here. Thanks for your comment :)

  3. Copyright is a touchy thing. I know I have seen articles stating as in these comments that the simple act of creating the work with a date stamp is really all you need. However, if you feel that you might like some more protection I did a very quick search on Google and found: http://myfreecopyright.com/ The site will register/copyright documents, images, audio, blogs etc.. For free. You mileage will vary, read their information before committing, and so on and so on. I am taking a copy of the url for myself and am going to check into it more. Good subject. Definitely something worth discussing.

    • Hey, thanks for the link. I think I have seen this site before but I’m not 100% sure. Will go check it out. I didn’t want to delve too much into google before writing this post because I wanted to see what others thought first. Thanks again :)

  4. In Australia copyright is automatic. If you wrote it, you own it. You don’t have to apply anywhere or go through any process. You can stick the little ‘c’ with a circle on your work but it is redundent. In Australia all you need to be able to do is prove that you wrote it. God, I wish my work was good enough for someone to want to steal it!

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