When right is wrong.

From time to time I get asked about how to obtain copyright protection for a song, a play, a book—you name it.  I realize the words copy writing and copyrighting are pronounced the same. But their meanings have about as much in common as iPad and eye pad.  Just to clarify, copy writing is the creation of text (copy, as it is known in advertising) to sell a product or service. On the other hand, a copyright is the exclusive legal right given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

The process to obtain a copyright once required applicants to send materials through the mail to the Library of Congress, where a record would be established and registered. The last time I submitted something, it took several months—the better part of a year—before I received official notice of registration in the mail. I have not been through the process recently, but I do know you start at the web page of the Copyright Office. Here’s the link: https://www.copyright.gov/

However, if copy writing is indeed what you seek, you can get that from me. Start here: https://www.writerjmo.com

John Michael O'Leary