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#1 Darke

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 07:09 AM

Don't be ignorant. If you're going to self-publish, learn everything you can first.  

 

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 10:58 AM

Great info. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 12:21 PM

This is a great article, especially considering that the real official government website copyright.gov -- where you SHOULD copyright your work -- is a bit tricky to find and clunky to slog through the registration process.  "Services" like these are no doubt exploiting this weakness.

 

In the new age of digital publishing, we would highly recommend that you copyright your work if you have any intentions of digitally publishing it yourself, or if you begin to widely circulate it in ways that puts digital copies into many unfamiliar hands.

 

As a side note, there have been AQC members who have published their work through Smashwords, and subsequently have had pirated copies show up on Amazon with the same author name, book cover, and Smashword edition manuscript, but with slightly different title and significantly higher price.  In other words, a blatant pirated copy.

 

In one case, the author was forced to prove to Amazon that she indeed was the real author of the work because the pirates were uploading her books to Amazon on a regular basis and there were quite a few versions floating around -- all with her author name attached to it.  

 

Since that time, we've heard of a number of cases where authors are being asked by Amazon to prove that they are, indeed, the author who holds the copyright to the published work.



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Posted 11 October 2014 - 12:22 PM

It's also worth pointing out that this article also links to an article about how to craft and send a DMCA notice.  http://www.sfwa.org/...ce-demystified/



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Posted 29 January 2015 - 04:19 PM

Just wanted to bump this item, because it's easily missed but certainly valuable.



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 02:53 PM

Does it matter if you apply for a copyright prior to editing the work?


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 04:27 PM

If you substantially change the work (e.g., cut a few thousand words, add another thousand more), I suspect you'd have wasted your $35 registration fee. But I'm not a lawyer. The short answer for me is, don't copyright what isn't finished.



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Posted 07 September 2015 - 12:15 PM

If you substantially change the work (e.g., cut a few thousand words, add another thousand more), I suspect you'd have wasted your $35 registration fee. But I'm not a lawyer. The short answer for me is, don't copyright what isn't finished.

 

I agree with that.

 

I'm so tired of people taking advantage of people ... all the time and effort they put into that they could put into something useful. I'll stop here I could go on and on and on about this.






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