This is another common mistake that can be very costly. The sad part is that it only costs $55 but could end up costing thousands of dollars if ignored.
In a strategy session with a new client, it’s common for us to do a review audit of previous works. When we discovered this error, we immediately told the author to correct it. After all, what is the point of publishing your best work only to have it reproduced and used without your permission? Why would you invest in yourself only to have someone else profit off your genius?
Registration of Copyright
If you are an author (especially self-published), blogger, contributing writer, business owner (especially small) or online professional, please familiarize yourself with copyright laws. Take the additional step to consult a copyright attorney for legal advice as it pertains to your brand and business. Ignorance is no excuse of the law, but it is also VERY COSTLY.
Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.-Copyright.gov
People also have been misguided about a “Poor Man’s copyright”, which there is no such thing legally. Legally this offers no protection so do not be misinformed. But since copyright registration is presented as a voluntary procedure, why should you bother?
Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within five years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration” and Circular 38b, Highlights of Copyright Amendments Contained in the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), on non-U.S. works.-Copyright.gov
Fortunately, Fruition Publishing Concierge Services’ clients don’t have to worry about this because we have them covered. What about you? We can help you to ensure that your genius is in compliance and not easily duplicated. This is one of the things our company does best.
Contact us today and make sure your work is protected and your brand is in compliance.
Alesha Brown, CEO, Fruition Publishing Concierge Services
Editor-in-Chief, Published! Magazine
Award-Winning Entrepreneur|Publisher|Transformational Speaker