Surely by now y’all have heard of it. If you haven’t, here’s the short version.
Mail a copy of your manuscript to yourself and then don’t open it. Put it aside in a safe place, then if/when there’s a dispute, you can present it to the judge as evidence of when you wrote the manuscript.
It doesn’t work.
Why? Imagine, if you will, mailing an empty unsealed envelope to yourself. Then imagine putting your manuscript, or, worse still, someone else’s bestselling manuscript in it five or ten years later, then sue the bestselling author for everything s/he has. Yeah, that’d work. </sarcasm>
How difficult is it to mail unsealed envelopes? Judging by the number of bills and bank statements I received unsealed, not at all. And that’s where it falls apart.
For more information, check out these links.
Snopes (I love this site. )
Although in Britain, it apparently may be somewhat useful. Don’t count on it, though.
- Sri Lankan and International Intellectual Property Law
- Copyright Violations
- Should you post your manuscript online?
- More on data backups . . .
- More Copyright Violations
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