The worst thing that could ever happen to a blogger is to face copyright infringement issues, whether you are being accused, or someone is copying and pasting your work. Unfortunately, through my years of blogging, I’ve seen this happen, and it can be rather frustrating, but understanding business terms sometimes is necessary, you can claim your work and protect it without registration or applying for it.
What is copyright?
Having exclusive rights granted by the law to your original works, you have copyrights when you have original work that people can perceive by sight, and or perceive via the auditory sense. This gives you full control of your work, including commercial use. Your work is protected from being copied or reproduced without permission.
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[ht_message mstyle=”danger” title=”” show_icon=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” ]However, some things cannot be copyrighted, such as an idea until it is implemented. You have copyrights to material form (Audible (In Terms of Sound) or tangible (CD, picture, painting, etc.))[/ht_message]
You can have control over the use of your original works.
How to apply for a copyright?
[ht_message mstyle=”info” title=”” show_icon=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” ]Most of the works do not require one to register for copyright protect except for Artistic works amongst many. How many websites have you seen with copyright protection (“www.ibusiness.co.za © All Rights Reserved”) you can have that too or just use a copyright symbol (©) followed by your name. Example © Isaac More 2019[/ht_message]
According to CIPC, you can protect your work such as films, DVDs and videos by filling RF1, RF2 and RF3 forms, other works that can be protected include Literary, Musical, and Artistic, Cinematograph Films, Sound recordings, Broadcasts, Program-carrying signals, and Published editions.
[ht_message mstyle=”info” title=”” show_icon=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” ]Your work will be protected for as long as you are alive, should you die, it will last for the next 50 years from the end of the year from which the author died.[/ht_message]
[ht_message mstyle=”danger” title=”” show_icon=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” ]The author of the original works has the right to sue the infringer or just ask you politely to remove his/her work from commercial use.[/ht_message]