Things You Might Like to Know about Copyrights

Written by Jan K.

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before yours. It's a good idea to formally copyright any text that you are planning to market. So, if you're convinced thatrepparttar world population-at-large is in desperate need of "Breeding Guppies, What Every Ichthyologist Needs to Know" and you plan to sell it on Ebay for $19.95, you should apply for a formal copyright. Just havingrepparttar 108210 copyright, however, doesn't mean that other people can't quote your work. They may do so, as long as you are given full credit for having written it prior to their use. This is called a "reference" or a "citation" and generally, whatever passage is being quoted will appear offset in quotation marks (so thatrepparttar 108211 reader can visualize which words belong to someone other thanrepparttar 108212 author ofrepparttar 108213 text in whichrepparttar 108214 quote appears). Of course, at present repparttar 108215 contingent of Copyright Police is not up to tracking down every single instance of copyright infringement, and chances are that not everyone cites original authors as scrupulously as they should, so beware of whom you casually let look at or read your text (or to whom you give a copy). Copyrights are not forever. Typically, a copyright lasts for 50 years pastrepparttar 108216 natural life ofrepparttar 108217 original author. Authors' heirs may sometimes re-apply for copyrights, but generally written texts that are this old are considered "public domain" and may be reproduced without payingrepparttar 108218 author's family a royalty fee. Inrepparttar 108219 publishing world, you will find that many publications require that you relinquish your copyrights torepparttar 108220 work in return for having your work published. This is a fairly standard procedure—unless your name happens to be Stephen King or Danielle Steele. Once you've relinquished your copyright to a given work, you can not sell or submit that text again unless you get express approval fromrepparttar 108221 publisher that now ownsrepparttar 108222 copyright. There are sites onrepparttar 108223 World Wide Web where you can post your work for others to read or use as they see fit, so-called "free sites." In cases such as this, there should be a disclaimer that anyone who uses or reproduces your work must give you full credit. Whether this happens allrepparttar 108224 time is certainly a matter for some speculation, but your safeguard is that you ownrepparttar 108225 copyright and if you find that someone is profiting from your work and that you have not been compensated, you can file a copyright infringement suit against them. As ofrepparttar 108226 date of this article,repparttar 108227 current copyright fee is $30. All repparttar 108228 instructions and necessary forms can be found on U.S. Copyright Office's web site: I have copyrighted several texts and advise that you mail your application with a "Return Receipt Requested" fromrepparttar 108229 U.S. Post Office. This is your proof thatrepparttar 108230 Copyright Office has received your copyright application.

Jan K., The Proofer is a full-time freelance proofreader and copyeditor. In business since 1995, she has enjoyed working for a diverse world-wide clientele, covering subject matter including academic research, medical law, consumer surveys, and self-help materials. Please visit for more information.

Protecting your on-line real estate

Written by David Seitz

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You can also contact General Information Services and requestrepparttar Information Dissemination Organization's US Patent and Trademark Catalog (ask for it by name). This is a free catalog and contains detailed information on all aspects of copyright protection. 1-800-786-9199

You can request trademark and patent sales information from 1-800-972-6382

Take time out today and see what is available to you. Why wait until you are a victim? Takerepparttar 108209 time to researchrepparttar 108210 above resources. Many people do not realize thatrepparttar 108211 copyright registration fee is only $20. Keep in mind that federal trademark and patent registration fees are much higher, but a copyright may be all that you require to securely document your work.

Federal trademarks can be very expensive, but in some states - Tennessee, for instance - you can register your trademark withrepparttar 108212 state for as little as $5. This protects you from others within your state stealing your information, and should be done even for company names, logos, slogans, etc. Contact your Secretary of State's office in your state capitol for more information.

The US Patent and Trademark Office placed its trademark database online. Now you can searchrepparttar 108213 database directly at. Do you know how expensive a patent search can be? Do it here free: mdb/

I stress to you once again - DO NOT PUT IT OFF. The longer you wait,repparttar 108214 less likely you will be to bother doing it at all. Your copyright registration will be good for many years and only takes a little time to complete.

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