Author Topic: Advice on copyrights  (Read 1199 times)

Dave Driver

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Advice on copyrights
« on: September 08, 2006, 09:15:57 AM »
Just a few questions that I need help with.

I have written a few stories for my daughter.I am hoping to print these in a small booklet form for her and other children and parents at school.To help raise money for the AVFun at school I was hoping to sell them for approx 2.00.

How do I go about getting a copyright for the stories,as I may approach other outlets to sell them.
I may write a series of fantasy stories in the same way and approach several outlets.

Will they be a great expense?
Am I allowed to do this?

Any imformation and help would be appreciated.

Thankyou

Dave




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Re: Advice on copyrights
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006, 09:52:52 AM »
You already own the copyright, Dave.
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Dave Driver

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Re: Advice on copyrights
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006, 11:02:06 AM »
Thanks for that Foxy.But what happens if someone buys a copy and publishes it under their name? How do you stand legally,and what if someone "steals" your ideas?

Thanks

Dave

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Re: Advice on copyrights
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2006, 04:48:34 PM »
Hi Dave,

Anything you write can be copyrighted. By just typing the copyright symbol, it's copyrighted and no one else can steal it.

I would suggest you either self publish these stories so they look like a real book, or you can buy a machine that will bind the books for you. They are small and not expensive. Design a good cover, either print it yourself, or have a  professional printer do it for you. Or you can go to someone like Kinko's and do the whole thing affordably. With all the free clip art out there, you can make a great looking cover.

I think it's a wonderful idea you're doing!  Of course you're allowed - why not?

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Dave Driver

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Re: Advice on copyrights
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2006, 05:21:18 PM »
Thankyou Jillanne!!!

That`s put my mind at rest and cleared a few things up.I`ve got a lot of ideas and lots of stories written down.My daughter likes me to read them to her, so I thought this would be a good idea.

I probably sounded a bit naive,but if you don`t know, you don`t know.Just didn`t want to get
off on the wrong foot.

I have a good friend who`s a professional  printer,so we`ll work together on this one.Hopefully he may want some plumbing work done,keep the cost down!!,as that`s what I do for a living(at the moment).

Many thanks again

Dave