by Susan Spann on Writer Unboxed site:
Copyright law can seem confusing, but authors need to know the basics—especially when (and whether) to register a copyright, and what to do when using a pseudonym.
As a publishing lawyer, I work with copyright issues (and authors) all the time, and today, I thought I’d take a closer look at some popular myths about copyright law and how it applies to novels and other creative works.*
This post is for information purposes only. It is not, and should not be interpreted as, legal advice to any person or on any topic.
Also: this post discusses U.S. copyright law—the laws of other nations and principalities may differ.
Consult an attorney in your country, state, or province for an individual assessment of your legal rights and needs.