I think everyone knows that once you write something you own it. It’s yours free and clear. However, did you know that if someone steals your work without a registered copyright that you will unlikely not be able to bring a lawsuit against them? There is such as thing as a “poor man’s copyright” but it is not the same as a registered one. According to https://www.copyright.gov website, a poor man’s copyright is
The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.
Once you have a registered copyright you are protected by the law if someone plagiarizes your work. You will be able to bring a lawsuit against the thief and will get the chance to prove it’s yours.
I know what you’re probably thinking but what are the odds that my work will be stolen, that’s rare right? That may be but why take the chance? Anything can happen and it’s better safe than sorry. You will have protection for the life of the author plus 70 years if it is published after
For works published after 1977, the copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. However, if the work is a work for hire (that is, the work is done in the course of employment or has been specifically commissioned) or is published anonymously or under a pseudonym, the copyright lasts between 95 and 120 years, depending on the date the work is published.
Your work will be protected for your entire life! I think it is more than worth it to get a copyright! Do you know how to go about getting one? I will outline how to do so. Go to https://www.copyright.gov and click register copyright. There will be different categories you can choose from these include literary works, performing arts, visual arts, photographs, motion pictures
You will be sent to a list showing you what is covered under your choice, to the right of the page you will click register in our case it will say literary work. If you don’t have an account you will need to make one. Once you’re done with that you will be sent to a page called eco. On the left you will see register a work, below that
Fill out the application, when you are done you will need to pay the fee (yes there is a fee). The cost will depend on what you are registering. A single application is $35, this is