How to extend intellectual property rights to the web

Many artists have an interest in protecting the work they create. As such, there is a high probability that authors you're familiar with copyrighted most of the literature you've read up to this point.

However, as society changes, so must the laws established to govern behavior. With the increased use of the internet to distribute information, it will now be easier for writers to legally protect online pieces of work.

Online writers can seek copyright protection

Upon meeting eligibility criteria, an author can now copyright groups of up to 50 works. Eligibility includes short literary pieces between 50 and 17,500 words created and published online by the same person or the same group of people.

The new copyright registration claims can include:

  • Columns
  • Essays
  • Poems
  • Articles
  • Stories
  • Blogs

Updated legislation may also cover posts on social media accounts.

With the evolution of online marketing and search engine results, some writers can earn a living through developing digital content. From both a business and creative perspective, it's natural to lay claim to something you produce - even more so when there is money at stake.

Why might legislation matter to bloggers?

Previous recourse for alleged copyright infringement was virtually limited to asking the owner of another website to take down content they duplicated without your permission. However, with the new group registration process, it may be in your best interest to protect your work.

Proof of ownership could help you retain the right to benefit financially from your writing. Additionally, a registered copyright may also help you recover attorney's fees and statutory damages if your dispute prompts you to take legal action.

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