copyrights

For confidential exchange of story critiques
capt367272
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:32 pm

copyrights

Postby capt367272 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:33 pm

Is there a danger of a story being stolen? Is there a need to have them protected with a copyright? Jim

austinDm
Posts: 1123
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:24 pm
Location: Pennsylvania

Re: copyrights

Postby austinDm » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:08 pm

The short answer to this is "no." Most, if not all, editors will view copyrighting an unpublished story as an amateur move, which will likely sour them to the story right from the start, so it's best not to worry about it. There's no chance of a story being stolen, and just by writing it you legally own the copyright to it anyway.

Hope this helps! wotf007

capt367272
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:32 pm

Re: copyrights

Postby capt367272 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:26 pm

It does. Thanks.

jkenton
Posts: 24
Joined: Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:19 am

Re: copyrights

Postby jkenton » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:18 am

I think the only remote chance of someone "stealing" a story would be some kid who wanted to turn it in for a class or somesuch... The communities of writerly and fannish sorts all seem decent sorts, and in practical terms, it's easy to prove your the original author should someone manage to sell a "stolen" story. My work bounces between 4 and 7 betas, friends from other forums. A couple of them are betas for Jim Butcher and other published authors. Plus, I have my Bible with all it's worldbuilding info, character notes, my little charts showing how this story correlates with that event or reference in another work, etc.


So it's a remote possibility, in my opinion, but extremely unlikely, plus in the event of a publishing conflict, you should be able to demonstrate what was yours. And keep your "sent" folder, that alone could demonstrate you sent "story A" as an attachment on the Eleventwelvety of febtembuary to this or that person.

capt367272
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:32 pm

Re: copyrights

Postby capt367272 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:38 am

Thanks again. What is a Beta?

User avatar
gower21
Posts: 2008
Joined: Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:06 pm
Contact:

Re: copyrights

Postby gower21 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:12 pm

capt367272 wrote:Thanks again. What is a Beta?


Alpha readers and Beta readers are just slang for the first or second people who read your work and then give comments, critiques, editing suggestions. Sort of like your running your story by them for a test on how well you hit all the points you wanted in your story (like a Beta test or when something is in the "beta stages" of development).

User avatar
s_c_baker
Posts: 3019
Joined: Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:32 am
Location: Head, inside of
Contact:

Re: copyrights

Postby s_c_baker » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:38 pm

One of the best break-downs of copyright I've seen is at Scribophile, a writers' workshop site I used to spend all my days and nights on. Link here (http://www.scribophile.com/academy/copyright-and-the-independent-writer)
Stewart C Baker - 1st place, Q2 V32
My contest history: Semi-finalist, R, HM, R, R, HM, HM, R, R, R, R, HM, R, R, R, R, Winner
My published fiction, poetry, &c.


Return to “Story Critique Exchange”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Chezecaek and 2 guests