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The Mad Author
Jean Tennant

QUESTIONS

Posted Sunday, June 19, 2011, at 10:59 PM
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  • I've joined an online community wehre I can post my writing for others to read and critique. It seems like a good idea, because it gives me some feedback from other writers. But I also wonder about putting my work out there where everyone can see it. what if someone steals my stories?

    -- Posted by farmergirl.sp on Thu, Jun 23, 2011, at 5:37 AM
  • You have a valid concern. I'd suggest posting only a paragraph of your story or, at most, a half a page, for critique. The Internet can be a wonderful tool, but if you post an entire story online you're basically giving it to the world. Anyone could lift it, make a few changes and put their name on it. You might be able to prove that your version was posted first, but even proving it probably wouldn't bring you much satisfaction and no damages because you did, after all, put it on the Internet.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Jun 23, 2011, at 2:07 PM
  • I joined an online writing group and my concerns mirror the idea posted 6/23/11 (above) about someone 'stealing' my writings.

    Is it difficult to copyright one's writings? How is it done?

    -- Posted by Firstogo on Sun, Jul 17, 2011, at 7:00 PM
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