What is copyright? Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com) describes copyright as:
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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