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How do I copyright an article I've written?

Authorship is a creative process that results in the creation of a work of art, poem, music, article, song, idea, and more. Authorship implies creative activity, expression of one's thoughts and ideas in a work.
However, authorship is not only creativity, but also responsibility for the work created. Thus, the author is responsible for his words and actions expressed in the work. He should be prepared for the fact that his work will be discussed and evaluated by people, as well as by critics, and not always positively.
In addition, authorship is the right to protect their creations. The author has the legal right to protect his works from being copied, used, replicated and published without his consent. For this purpose, copyright law exists to protect the author's rights to his or her works.

What are copyrights and how are they protected?

Copyright is a form of legal protection of the creator's rights to their intellectual creations. It can be: books, poems, articles, music, songs, paintings, films, programs, ideas and many other things.
Copyrights give the creator the power to control the use of his creation, as well as to generate revenue from its distribution.
Copyright protection is carried out in various ways. The main one is registration of authorship with special institutions. For example, in Russia it is the Federal Service for Intellectual Property. Official registration gives the author additional rights and opportunities to protect his interests in court.
The creator's rights can also be protected by concluding a contract with the person who wants to use his creations. It sets out the terms and conditions of the use of intellectual property, as well as the procedure and amount of remuneration paid to the author.
Infringing someone's copyright can result in various penalties, including fines and even criminal liability.

How do I attest to my authorship of an article I created?

An article is copyrighted from the moment it is written. But how can you protect your rights to it in case of infringement? To do so, it is necessary to attest authorship in a timely manner.

There are several ways to do this:

The easiest and free of charge is to send an article from one e-mail address to another e-mail address of your own. In case of a dispute, you will be able to present this e-mail with the content and date of sending as proof of your authorship of the article.

Another way is to register copyright. To do this, you need to contact the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent). Official registration of your copyright is a more reliable option for copyright protection and provides greater legal protection.

The third way is to use the services of a notary, who will certify your authorship and issue you a certificate. If necessary, it will be the proof of your authorship.

What should you do if someone has violated your copyright on an article?

The following actions should be taken:

• Gather evidence.
If it is determined that someone has used an article without your permission, you should first gather all the evidence of this violation. This can be: a link to the website page, screenshots, recordings, letters.

• Send a notice.
If your article is illegally published on a third-party site, send a written notice of the violation to the owner or administrator of the site. In the notification you should provide all evidence of the violation and demand that the material be removed or an indexed active link to the original source page be provided.
If you have not been able to identify the person to whom you can address this issue, for example, the resource does not have any contact information, then you can send a letter to the hosting provider on whose server the website is hosted, outlining the details of the situation.

• Go to court.
If the previous actions have not yielded a positive result, you can go to court to protect your rights. However, this is a complex, lengthy and expensive process, so, as an option, you can use the services of a qualified lawyer to be sure that all actions will be carried out correctly.
Author of the article - Alexander Ivanov