Protecting Your Legal Rights Online

In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi refers to Mos Eisley spaceport as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy” and adds, “we must be careful.” Obi-Wan’s wisdom applies to the Internet also. Regardless of your publishing path, if you write for publication, you should take steps to protect your copyrighted work against Internet-based infringement. No single post can cover all of the ways to protect your work online–and it’s admittedly impossible to completely stop all Internet-based piracy of an author’s work–but here are some tips on things all authors can do to protect and enforce their copyrights: Perform Regular Copyright /

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