Know Your Copyrights!

First page of Constitution of the United States

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As writers we know we risk our work being copied or plagiarized every time we put something out there for the world to see. For the most part it shouldn’t be a concern. Writers should just write. Making a statement or sharing an idea is what writers long to do. Self expression should not be inhibited because someone doesn’t have enough talent or creativity within themselves to produce their own project. Having said that, your work is protected.

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

Just in case you were wondering what isn’t protected by copyright:

  • Choregraphics not recorded
  • Improvisational speeches or performances not written or recorded
  • Ideas
  • Works that come from common property and contain no original authorship

Want to learn more? Visit www.copyright.gov

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