Beth Barany

Beth Barany is the editor and publisher of the Writer's Fun Zone. Certified as a Creativity Coach and NLP Practitioner, and an award-winning novelist of a YA fantasy novel, Beth Barany is passionate about helping genre novelists get their message out into the world, gain confidence in their self-expression, and discover how they can get noticed and sell books to their readers. More about her services and products for genre novelists at http://www.bethbarany.com. Write on!

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4 Responses

  1. Bonnie Gean says:

    What happens if you never got the copyright paperwork filed but sent the original documents to yourself and now retain them in a sealed envelope?

    This can still prove you were the original writer, can it not?

  2. Wonderful, and very informative blog! Thank you for sharing this information and relaying the importance of registering their work. Very well done!

  3. Kelley Way says:

    Hi Bonnie,

    Thanks for reading! Yes, copyright application materials can be used to establish authorship and the date of creation, they just don’t hold the same weight as a certificate of registration.

  4. Matthew Hintz says:

    Another reason to register copyright: registration certificate needed to bring infringement suit: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/411

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