Why Copyright?

By: Jill Black

Copyright gives the author or the publisher the legal
ownership rights to control production, sale and
distribution of particular documents or images.

Protecting your intellectual property is a vital part of
creating and selling your own digitally published works.

Registering your copyright establishes a public record of
your copyright worldwide.

An excellent resource on the subject can be found at Brad
Templetons site which I recommend as a must read by anyone
interested in protecting their work...


When you run an online business be aware of the copyright
laws in other countries and compare them with your own
country's laws and how they may also apply to you.

The information in government documents is usually not
copyright and available for use by everyone, but always
check to be sure.

When you have created your e-book you do not want an
un-authorised party to illegally copy your work or claim
it as theirs.

Along with the other pirating proliferating on the net
the stealing of ebooks is growing at an alarming rate.

There have been many cases where authors have found their
work on other author's sites under the name of the other

If your work is copyrighted you can at least
legally sue for copyright infringement.

You can password protect your e-book and other documents
to make cyber piracy of your work more difficult, but PC's
and the document compiler software you use can never provide
total security against the determined cyber thief.

It is estimated that every year music, text and image
files that are worth an estimated $10 billion to their
copyright owners are illegally copied over the internet.

When this kind of theft occurs it can go on for quite
some time before you find out resulting in a loss fameFree Reprint Articles,
recognition and sales revenue which should have been

Copyright law covers most material on the Internet and
extends to text and images placed on another person's
web site. If a feature does not appear to have a copyright
marker you should still assume it is copyright and
requires permission before using.

Use the Meta tag element to embed copyright into your
HTML documents or web pages.

Similarly the authors name can be embedded in a Meta tag.

Copyright those documents before you find you are a victim
with no legal rights because you have failed to take the the
simple precautionary step of placing a copyright marker on
your work.

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