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I Published a Short Story; Do I Still Have Copyrights?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

As soon as your short story is on paper, you have authorship. Once you decide to sell that story to be part of a book or magazine, your rights may be transferred to a different party, depending on the situation.

Until the Early 1990’s;

• The most common contract was for a one-time use of the writer’s material license for the publisher.
• Contract meant writer agreed to selling “First North American Serial Rights” , for a set price to the publisher.
• The guidelines included the publisher selling the short story once, to the North American market.
• After published, author has reprint rights.

Currently: All Rights

• By Selling all rights, the author gives all copyright benefits of the work to the publisher.
• Author cannot resell the story in the future
• There are different variations depending on the publisher

• The publisher owns exclusive rights to the work if the author sells the story in a work-for-hire situation.
• The publisher, not the author is the legal author of the work
• The author must be paid, assigned or ordered for it to be a work-for-hire.

• Author can self-publish a short story and keep all rights.
• Examples are posting online, added it to an anthology, having a digital download available
• The author can sell and resell the rights in the US or in other countries.

If you would like to copyright protect your short story, offers an easy, step-by-step process.


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Where Can I Search To View A List Of Copyright Works and Copyright Authors?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Have you ever wondered if there is a centralized location where you can view what (or who) has a copyright protection? Have you ever read something and later wondered who copyright protected it?

Registered copyright works are listed online. In fact, The United States Copyright Office or the USCO has a website which lists these copyright registered authors. These are all works registered after January 1, 1978.

Copyright Your Work

To check copyright items:

1. Go to the US Copyright Office website at
2. Click “Search the Catalog” on the “Search Copyright Information” page.
3. Enter your search terms in the “Search for” box. You will enter the author’s name, the title
of the work, the document number, or a keyword.
4. Below, in the “Search by” category, click the subject you are searching for such as “Title”,
“Keyword”, etc.
5. You will receive the results of your search. (Below the “Search by” box you will see you
have the option to change the amount of records viewed per page.)

After this search, (or perhaps before) you may have realized that you want your name on that list and there is something you want to copyright protect. The process can be done at in a simple, time efficient fashion. The professional website will help you avoid the hassle sometimes associated with the copyright process.

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Can I Copyright Jewelry I Made?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Are you into fashion design and want to know if you can copyright your jewelry creations (considering you can’t copyright your clothing)? Maybe you thought of and sketched a detailed drawing of ring that you want to eventually sell? Whatever the case may be, jewelry can be copyright protected.

Copyright Your Work

Here is what to know on jewelry copyright:

• Copyright laws cover jewelry because it falls under “pictorial, graphic and sculptural works”.
• Once the jewelry is in tangible form, so perhaps simply a drawing of it or the finished piece can be copyrighted.
• Jewelry is under the big copyright umbrella of visual art.
• The more unique the design or item is, the easier it is to copyright.
• Copyright does not protect titles or names of a piece.

Do you want to copyright a piece of jewelry now? In order to copyright protect a piece of jewelry as visual art item, there is a process to follow. This process is all made possible online with the professionals at

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Copyright Infringement and Social Networking Websites

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, social media websites each having millions and millions of users. Since so many people are using these platforms, many have forgot copyright laws still exist.

There are people out there who have copyright protected work that believe their work is not safe due to social networking. Others, want to copyright their work to go after big business who are making money off of their work. Work can be copyright protected in an easy, simple, affordable way on

Copyright Your Work

So why can social media sites such as Pinterest and Tumblr get away with it? Websites such as Pinterest aim to promote businesses meaning it is basically free advertising for many. Overall, Pinterest is doing more good than harm. However, there have been lawsuits because in the big picture, copyright infringement is still taking place.

Pinterest, for example, gets around most copyright issues in two ways;

1. The Safe Harbor Provision under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Under that part of the law, a business like Pinterest will not be liable if its users put copyrighted materials online on its site if it:
(a) tells them not to
(b) has a system for taking copyrighted materials down right away if
the copyright owner complains.

2. In its terms of use, it provides that: “You … are solely responsible for … Content you post to Pinterest.” Also, users have to “agree not to post User Content that: … infringes any third party’s Intellectual Property Rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other personal or proprietary rights.” (Intellectual property rights include copyright.).

This means, Pinterest is saying, if you get sued then you, as an individual, will have to take responsibility. Considering there are millions of Pinterest users who “repin” each day, each user will not be sued for infringement. However, it’s important to be careful especially if you as a user are using Pinterest to promote your business (or make money).

The same applies for Facebook and Twitter; if it’s copyright protected, by law, you can not use it.

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What Does Copyright Mean?

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Copyright is a protection form for authors and creators of “original works of authorship”. This copyright protection is placed by the laws of the country and includes musical, literary, artistic, dramatic and other certain creative works.Copyright Your Work

Information regarding copyright that is worth knowing:

  • If a copyright owner has right to prevent others from using, copying, performing if consent is not provided.
  • Anyone may be use material which does not have a copyright protection or other legal protection, without the author’s consent.
  • The copyright owner can produce copies of the work to sell.
  • The copyright owner can produce derivative works.
  • The copyright owner can sell or assign rights to others.
  • In order to copyright a piece of work there are costs involved for engaging legal representation, administrative and the court process. The process also calls for adequate time and energy.

As an alternative, professionals at Legal Central offer an affordable, (not to mention safe and secure) easy way for anyone to obtain copyright protection on works. The process will most likely cost you $89.99 (before tax) and for an extra $30, an express service is an available option.

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When we get married can we take on a new last name?

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Some states, such as New York, allow married couples to easily adopt a new surname upon marriage which may be, for example, a hyphenated form of the bride’s and groom’s names.
Name Change Process

However, in some states the process to create a new last name upon marriage is more complicated and involves more paperwork than the usual choice  of the woman changing her last name to her husband’s name.

One sure way around the hassle is to use an online service like Legal Central. Why not let us make your chosen last name a reality?

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Can I Change My Middle Name to My Maiden Name?

Friday, September 6th, 2013

In recent years, many women want to hold on to their maiden name while also having the option to take on their husband’s last name; a perfect catch 22 in short. Some even use their family name in their work while using their married name in their private life.

The best solution to this problem has grown into a popular trend with women in American society; changing the middle name to the maiden name and taking the husband’s last name. This turns out to be a win-win situation for many.

Name Change Process

Before doing so, most women need to find out if this is actually possible and what is involved in this particular name change process.

The following are a few points to remember;

• If you want change your middle name to your maiden name is relatively easy but it
may cost you extra. California, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington will not recognize this change in the standard married name-change process and will bill you for the change.

• Changing both your middle name and last name after marriage makes the process a bit more complicated.

Legal Central can help you in either case.

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Can I Change My Last Name To My Maiden Name Without Getting A Divorce?

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

“Is it possible to revert back to my maiden name without getting a divorce?” That’s a fairly common question from women who are separated but not legally divorced.

Separated couples who find the divorce process too complicated or maybe too expensive, often choose to remain separated. There are also non-separated women who regret taking their husband’s name, perhaps out of dislike and wish to change their last name back to their maiden name.

Key points for non-divorced women seeking to revert back to their maiden name are:

  • If you are seeking to change your name back to your maiden name keep in mind that the laws concerning name changes are governed by state law (most states have similar name change laws)

  • The documents you need to change will include your passport, driving license, car insurance, medical and dental records, and your bank and any card issuers.

  • In order to change your last name back to your maiden name on documents such as your passport and driver’s license, you will need to show proof of your name change.

  • When you got married, you most likely did not legally change your name, but instead used the marriage certificate as proof of your name change. Therefore, you are still entitled to be known as your prior name.

  • You may need to show the link between your maiden name and married name in order to change certain documents (passport, driver’s license,etc). In order to do this you can provide your birth certificate (which will show your maiden name) and your marriage certificate (which will show your married name).

  • If you legally changed your last name when you got married, you are unable to assume use of your maiden name and will have to consider a legal name change.

  • It’s important to keep in mind that during this process you will have to pay a fee for any charges in regards to issuing a new passport, license, and any other cards.

  • If you are avoiding getting a divorce and remain separated instead for belief a divorce is too expensive or too complicated, you may be wrong. Putting off a divorce to a later date,  may be more troublesome  in the long run .

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How Do I Change My Name On My Degree?

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

It’s common for people to legally change their name. Many women who marry choose to take their husband’s last name for instance. In some cases, the decision to have a legal name change may be more of an individual choice. The decision to change your name on your degree may follow the decision to legally change your name.

Having a name change often takes time and energy, not to mention, money. There is however, a less complicated way to change a name. You can do it online at

Changing a name on a degree does however take time. Don’t expect a degree with a name change overnight. If you need the updated degree by a specific date, it’s highly recommended to begin the process six to twelve weeks before.The process to change a name on a degree varies depending on where the degree is from.

In order to change a name on a degree, the following steps are involved:

1. Be sure to keep all documents that you have regarding your name change process; you will need this as proof to the change in your name.

2. Once you have obtained legitimate documentation of the name change, contact the registrar’s office of the school you earned the degree from and describe your situation.

3. Depending on the school, there will be a certain fee charged for the changes made to your name on the degree. Be sure to pay this fee.

4. You will most likely need to send a copy of your original degree, a copy of your birth certificate and a copy of the legal documentation associated with your name change to the school’s registrar’s office. Send these copies (and whatever else the school requests) by mail or fax.

5. If you do not receive the updated degree with the name change within six weeks (after you have sent all documents and paid all fees), contact the school registrar’s office again and check the status of the name change on the degree.

6. When you do receive the degree, be sure to read over to verify that all the information regarding your name change is correct.

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