Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Watch Out For...Copyright Scam

Victoria Strauss has posted a warning on Writers Beware about a Copyright Scam: US Copyright Registry. To quote part of it:

If you're a writer, you probably have a website. If you have a website, you may recently have been emailed an official-looking WEBSITE COPYRIGHT LICENSING NOTICE from the US Copyright Registry, informing you that your website "has not been protected and is now available for copyright registration."

If you've received anything like this, go read her post. Someone is trying to scare people into paying them money to "officially copyright" their websites. (In case you haven't caught on, you don't have to register to have copyright on the material on your webpage.)

There's more information on this at PlagiarismToday in their article U.S. Copyright Registry Called a Scam.

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