In continuation of our legal series, we’re discussing what your rights are if your work has been taken:
What if it’s your work that’s taken?
Without a big publisher behind you, policing your copyright adds to your post-publication duties. If you’ve taken the steps to register your work, enforcing your copyright through the court system is a little easier. Being able to identify that your work has been copied is what becomes more challenging and what do you do at that point?
The first step would be to contact the author (and/or publisher) and tell them they’re violating your copyright. Depending on how much of your work has been taken; you may want to speak to a lawyer to find out the best way to approach the author and/or publisher of the allegedly infringing work. If your work has not been registered yet, and the alleged infringement is significant, registering your work should be done immediately.