Yes, it’s Darktober for me right now, sharing works that are especially spooky, gruesome and dark. This post isn’t about the things that go bump in the night but it’s certainly about fear – the kind of fear that grabs a writer and throws them into a deep abyss of terror – the fear of someone stealing your work!
I have a blogger buddy who has experienced this in recent days. He did a search on the Internet and discovered an essay he wrote was being offered on a website that sells essays and other works. He has attempted to contact them but his work is still appearing on the site. My question is, “What can writers do to protect themselves?”
My understanding of copyright is that once you put the work in written form it IS copyright protected. I’ve gotten my information from Writing-World.com.
But, even if we all know this to be true, there are unscrupulous people out there who will steal your work, so then what? Has this happened to you and what did you do? Does it really matter if we place “Copyright” on the work?
Be sure to check out Writing-World’s article called, “Someone Stole My Article! What To Do When It Happens To You.”
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