Protecting Your Copyright

What is copyright? Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com) describes copyright as: Noun The exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work) How do I obtain copyright ownership of my work?In Canada, you own the copyright to your work as soon as you create it. There is no legal requirement to register it. How do I protect my copyright? This is, perhaps, the real question writers are asking when they refer to the copyright of their books, and the answer is: by proving you are the true copyright owner of the work. Protecting your copyright can be done in a very straightforward and cost-effective way. It’s as simple as sealing a copy of your completed work in an envelope and mailing it to yourself via registered mail. When the date-stamped package is returned to you, keep it sealed and stored in a fireproof container. In the unlikely event that someone else ever tries to claim copyright ownership of your work after the fact, you will have the date-stamped proof of your ownership to fall back on.

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