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I don't know if this is the right place for this question. But broadly speaking, in any country that is part of the Berne Convention on copyright, your book is automatically copyright as soon as you write it. Registering the copyright in the US, and possibly other countries, grants you further protection. Your copyright extends to all the other countries, I ...


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Depending on where you live, you own the copyright to your work the minute you write it. Simply posting your work online does not give readers the right to copy it. Alas, it does give people the ability to copy it. But not the legal right. Carefully check the details of the forum where you post the work. Your user agreement will almost certainly give the ...


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The best way to prevent anyone from stealing your idea, is to have a rubbish idea, and write it badly. Anything more than that and what you write will become part of the canon and people will build from it. You're protected from someone stealing the details of your story, but that isn't generally how work is copied. I remember when I first saw Iron ...


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If you are using content that is protected under copyright, then you should make sure that you have permission to use it and/or have attributed the original source appropriately before trying to find a publisher. The act of trying to sell your own work which contains somebody else's copyrighted content could be construed as a violation of that copyright. It ...


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Once you write something, you officially own the copyright to it. That basically means that nobody else can use your story, characters, or setting to create their own story, because it would be considered a derivative work. Basic copyright laws protect the owner from such acts. To help ensure that other people do not assume that your work is "open source", ...


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Copyright is free. Assuming you're living in a country that's a signatory to the Berne Convention, which you almost certainly are, your work is copyrighted as soon as you record your ideas. Registering copyright may cost something, depending on where you live, but it's of dubious value, really. In the US, for example, registering copyright allows you to sue ...


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Unauthorized use of copyrighted material is (in the United States) a violation of federal law. Don't do it. Get a lawyer. Get permission.



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