Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Who Owns the Copyright?

Ownership of printed material does not constitute ownership of the copyright in the words that are printed on it. So, while you might own a bundle of letters which your first boyfriend sent you, you don’t own the copyright to what he wrote in them—that remains with him. Just as copyright in books remains with the author, and not with the people who buy the book.

2 comments:

Annie Wicking and Loman Austen said...

Does this mean instead of tearing up all my boyfriend's old letters I should have sent them back to him :-) lol...

Oh mmm

Best wishes,
Annie

How Publishing Really Works said...

No, it means that you should have published them for all the world to see how badly he had behaved, but made sure that any royalties which resulted from the sales went straight to him.

Ha!