WINGATE & WINGATE, WRITERS
When you write something, even a laundry list, your act of writing it creates the copyright. It remains yours until seventy years after you are dead.
Copyrights may be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. This, however, does not create the copyright—that already exists. Registration simply makes it easier to prove that an infringement of copyright has occurred.
Printers and publishers routinely register copyrights for their authors. You may begin the process yourself at www.copyright.gov.
When you commission a project, the copyright is yours at all times. The law declares you, not the commissioned writer, to be the producer of the work and therefore the owner of the copyright.
Copyrights may be transferred, leased, sold, or lost to the public domain. Commissioning a writer to do a project does not constitute alienation of title.
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