advertisement advertisement advertisement With so many ways to share and publish online, it may seem virtually impossible to protect your work from being exploited. advertisement advertisement But according to Robert C. Cumbow, an attorney for the Seattle-based law firm, Graham & Dunn PC, who works closely with creative professionals, there are a few simple measures you can take and details you should know to make sure you're not being exploited. If you didn't sign anything, you own the copyright. Owning copyright is extremely important if you want to have a say in how your work appears in publication and who gets to publish it. "The owner of the copyright is the one who gets to say whether anybody else gets to use the work or not," says Cumbow. When you sign a basic service agreement that says nothing about copyright, you retain the ownership of how your work is published and distributed. "When people ask me how to get a copyright of their work, I say, 'Congratulations! You already have it,’" says Cumbow. The only way to transfer copyright to someone else is through writing. "Knowing who owns the copyright is not just a matter of who gets to use… Read full this story
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