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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  • http://www.bonniegean.com/ Bonnie Gean

    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?

  • http://www.WomensRecreation.com Tami Principe

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

  • Kelley Way

    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.

  • Matthew Hintz

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