Re: Poem Copyright
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on October 20, 1999 at 13:58:55:
In Reply to: Poem Copyright posted by Lynne Green on October 20, 1999 at 11:13:51:
: Hello, I have a poem that I wrote, and someone contacted me from a school program and wants to know if they can have "copyright permission" to use the poem in one of there teaching programs for the whole school district. I don't understand exactly what they are asking. What do I do? I don't have the poem copyrighted in the extent that nothing was ever filed, but from reading your copyright page it says, copyright is secured automatically when the work is created. thank you
A created work is protected under the copyright law from the moment of creation. You have 100 years to register the copyright. Copyright permission as I read what you say is that they want to use your work with your permission. That does not require registration by you. It would be a good idea for you to register it. You must insist that they print credits to you. You are on the right track if you poetry is picked up like that. You will be published and your work will get around. If you have lots of poetry there are ways of registering, which is adviseable and saving money. Once registered you have full right to enforce with lots of rights particularly if you register within three months of publication.
Start to think how you can make poetry pay.
M. Arthur Auslander
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