- We get it copyrighted by the US Copyright office.
- We publish it (if we can).
- We send ourselves a copy of our work in a sealed envelope and put it in a safe (then we can prove it was ours before someone stole it).
- We add the ‘creative commons’ logo to remind people this is our work product, not free to anyone who sees it.
- We assume it’s protected as Intellectual Property (i.e., we are naive)
- If you’re like me, I keep all my previous digital drafts–for decades. No one will pretend my thoughts are theirs.
There’s another way I ran across reading my friend Ramblin’ Rick’s blog: Go to My Free Copyright. As the site says, MyFreeCopyright.com provides a third-party, non-repudiation, registered dating of your original digital creation. By using this service, you publicly associate your digital copyright and defined rights to you.”
I tried it on my other blog, Ask a Tech Teacher. Every day, they send me confirmation that my work is in their registry. When I log in, I can go back as far as the beginning of my registration and they have a copy of my blog, a registration date and a digital fingerprint.
And, it’s free, which suits my budget perfectly.