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    Copyright Information

    Years ago I promised myself if I sold a mystery I would join The Authors Guild. Well, I did and I did. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Since joining, I’ve received information that has been valuable to me personally; have been made aware of laws and events that can and do affect writers; and have used the free legal help from AG’s team of experts regarding a contract dispute I was having with an agent. (They even contacted the other party with the decision.) Besides the legal help, AG regularly puts on seminars and posts emails filled with information. The most latest AG email had…

  • Copyright

    Copyright

    Do you need to copyright your work? The Copyright ACT of 1976 was enacted October 19, 1976. It basically stated that all work was copyrighted (protected) the moment it was “fixed in any tangible medium.” (That is, on paper, computer, audible, video, etc.). It seems that’s fine as long as you don’t intend to sue anyone for copyright infringement. Just recently the Supreme Court decided you cannot sue unless you have a copyright registration certificate for the work. That’s a registration certificate, not just that you’ve applied for one. (It used to be a writer would apply for one if/when someone infringed on the work.) Go to the following sites…