It’s important for writer and individual to know and understand what copyright is especially if you write a blog, put content on the website.
Understanding if it is illegal?
You could be breaking the law if you download a Copyright-protected ebook (with or without a Copyright notice) upload the digital file to your server or website and make it available on your website/blog for the user through direct download without permission from the author or publisher of the ebook.
It is also a serious offence to offer these ebooks for sale without the permission of the author.
Distributing ebooks without permission of the author or the publisher, whether free or purchased, is illegal which is usually known as Copyright Infringement or Digital Piracy, while changing the cover or the author’s name of the ebook and passing a book off as your own is an act of Plagiarism. This is also punishable under the law. It is no different to illegally downloading music, movies or software, or copying and selling counterfeit DVD or CDs. Just because a lot of people or you can do it does not mean it is the right thing to do.
Below are the top five questions about copyright?
What does it mean to have a copyright?
Copyright means a covers both published and unpublished works, copyright can also be described as a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.
What is an example of copyright?
Copyright which is a legal means of protecting an author’s work which has many different types of content can be protected by copyright such as books, poems, plays, songs, films, and artwork or any other creative work.
How do you get a copyright?
The basic way to register your copyright as a publisher or content creator is to go to the eCO Online System, create an account, and then fill out the online form on the platform. There’s a basic fee of $35 if you file to get copyright online. The processing times are generally faster if you apply online compared to onsite, but usually according to Copyright.gov eFiling still takes between three and four months.
What is copyright in business?
Copyright in business is important because it protects the publication, production or sale of the rights to a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work or computer program or to the use of a commercial print or label with authorization from the publisher.
According to US law, a copyright is a form of protection to anyone who creates “original works of authorship.”
How many years do a copyright last?
Usually, copyright lasts for about 70 years depending on several factors, including whether it has been published, the date of first publication. The general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.
How much does a copyright cost?
The Do-It-Yourself Copyright Registration at www.copyright.gov cost between filing fee of $35 or $ 55 with your credit card
The e-books you download from free ebooks are strictly for your personal use. You are allowed to download, store, read and where stated, print (on a home printer) these e-books: no other rights are granted you must never attempt to sell these ebooks.