How to copyright my poems

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Writing & Publishing Tips : How to Copyright a Poem

How to Get My Poem Copyright Protected

UK What is Copyright? A Copyright registration for every creation Copyright? Whether you have written one single poem, a book of poetry or an anthology, your poetry is special to you. Poetry is very personal, for the most part , and it is difficult for poets to make a living as it is. All of your poetry comes from hard work. It is unique and belongs to you and only you should be the owner of this creative work and derive whatever profit and other benefits from it. That is the purpose of UK copyright law, after all.

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How to Copyright Poetry

This information is intended as a guideline only and is not intended to be a complete statement of the law. Copyright automatically belongs to an author. The author is not obliged to do anything in order to protect their work - as soon as you put pen to paper copyright of the work belongs to you. If you wish to take steps to actively protect your work from infringement of copyright, you may do one of two things:. Put your work into an envelope and post it to yourself. When you receive the work back through the post do not open the envelope, but keep it as your original. The postmark on the sealed envelope is your evidence of the date from which you have had the material.

Only if you want to restrict its circulation and it is hard to imagine why a poet should want that. Your work is copyrighted by common law until it is published. If your work is copyrighted, others may not publish it without your permission, and you may request a fee for the privilege; if it is in the public domain, as this booklet is, and most of my books are no permission or fee is required. Most magazines are copyrighted, and your work published in them is protected by the copyright for that issue in the name of the publisher. When requests for reprinting are received by a magazine, the editor usually forwards the request to the author as a matter of courtesy.


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