To Copyright Or Not To Copyright?

Saamjeksau: pickpocket (lit. three hands)

Some cunning pickpockets carry a false hand with them and let it be seen. Potential victims are then unaware that their real (third) hand is stealing. (An example of this occurs in the movie, Gangs of New York.) 

Are you afraid of someone stealing your work? Then look no further than the good ol’ copyright law. In fact, copyright protection occurs the moment something is created. However, registering a manuscript is useful if you need to bring a lawsuit later on. In APE, Guy Kawasaki mentions that it’s unlikely that you’ll have the time or the money to sue for statutory damages. In fact, he and his co-writer have never registered any of their previous books.

To protect yourself, though, you can register with the United States Copyright Office. In fact, there’s an easy  online application (I filled it out quickly) that costs only $35. 

Thinking about copyrighting your work? Why or why not?

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