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    So hey, about copyrights...

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by AdventureAlways, Sep 20, 2010.

    I am a bit unsure about how a writer's works are protected on this website. I may have missed some rules somewhere, but it seems this site showcases works for the taking.
    I understand that there could be a code of integrity, unspoken and around, but I was just curious. I myself, have no bad intentions, but just wonder other's opinions on the matter, because I am mostly ignorant myself.
     
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    I'm confused about the question. If you're saying that someone could read text here and steal it, well, yes, but that's true of any text anywhere, including text in a printed book. A little typing, and anyone can steal any text. That doesn't mean that the thief can get away with publishing it.
     
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    Though more explicitly about posting here and its effects on your chances of that piece being published, this exhaustive thread should give you a lot of information on the subject: http://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?t=23612

    In brief, don't post full works if you intend to publish them anywhere else, don't post large-extracts that are "final draft"-type if you intend to publish them anywhere else, and if you're at all concerned about a piece being stolen don't post it. This is a site to help you improve your writing so it is less the showcase you describe in its intentions, and more a workshop where the work you post should be "first draft"-type examples and representative extracts so that you can learn from those - implementing your learnings on work you intend to submit for publishing.
     
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    In addition to what's said, you need to understand copyright. It's fairly straightforward and very worthwhile, especially if you intend to publish. That's not a flippant answer but as it stands your question doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
     
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    Gannon has hit the nail on the head. Use forums like this to hone your skill, not that one story that you are sure is going to make you a star in the writing world.
     
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    study up on the basics: www.copyright.gov
     

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