Re: poor man's copywrite
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on March 28, 2002 at 08:24:41:
In Reply to: poor man's copywrite posted by Nakiea Ramsey on March 28, 2002 at 05:40:14:
: I write poetry and short stories; if I wanted to do a poor man's copywrite will that be satisfactory if I wanted to enter it into a poetry contest?
Dear Nakiea Ramsey,
A poor man's copyright is a thing uncertain in law. If you know what you are doing a registered copyright is good for your life plus 70 years. The Government filing fee is only $30. Why can't you do it right? If you do it right you can know what to do for more than just one copyright, If you do it right there is a grace period for filing. If you don't do it right at the start you do not lose your rights but you are caughtin a tangled web that may deprive you of some of the benefits of your work.
M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
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