Every person who creates something needs to protect the product of his work. I remember how painful and sad it was to find out my articles published on other web-sites signed by the names of people I did not know. It happened once or twice after I had published some materials on the social media pages. Afterwards, I was mulling over possible protection…
Does copyright protect you?
Actually, there are some rules to be known by any authors, writers, artists, composers, or other creative people. For instance, it is necessary to put the word ‘copyright’ with ‘c’ in a circle along with the publication date as well as the name of the author of authorship rights owner.
The second step you should commit is to look through the legislation acts if the copyright have to be registered to come to effect. There are some countries where it is not of crucial important, and the piece of creativity is considered to be under the copyright after having written. However, in this case it is very tough to prove when the novel had been created in case it was stolen and published under another name.
One of my mates published her pictures in the Internet on the web-page of some contest. It was the condition of this competition to download the works aimed. Her paintings were of good nature, and, unfortunately, somebody stole them and pretended to be their author.
To avoid similar occasions, she had better post the links on the web-site with artist’s portfolio because in this case it is easier to prove whom the works used to belong.
Apart from that, the developed countries have solved this problem by offering the authors to register their works in the special departments, for example, in the USA it is likely to happen in the U.S. Copyright office.
What about the time of copyright?
According to Berne Convention, nearly one hundred countries are compulsory to give the copyright to the authors who have remained their citizens. This kind of protection implies that work is officially recognized as one belonging to the author during his life and fifty years after his death.
By the way, such a type of copyright protection does not require any registrations.
The traditional publishing is defined as the process of publications of writing after making a contract with the publication house. It is widely accepted to give the specific rights to the author and approve his name as the creator of the product.
Well, one thing to pay attention to not to be frustrated afterwards sounds like that. Take into consideration if you are giving the publisher exclusive or non-exclusive rights. The latest mean that you are able to publish the story in other editions, and it will not lead to any negative legal consequences.
Then, one should obviously check if the authorship rights cover only some formats, such as print, radio or TV broadcasting, or refer only to some geographic regions.
What to do if the work is stolen?
The first step to be done immediately is to send the letter of complaint to the web-site that has published your work without permission.
Next, if you have found out that something is wrong with the traditional publications, check out the contract with the editor. In case the publisher’s behavior breaks the law, it is time to appeal to a court and defend your interests basing on the contract given. Here you may need the legal consultations where the special is going to reveal you the pluses and minuses of starting the case, so, you should definitely talk to a lawyer specializing in intellectual property rights and licensing agreement review.