website or email list of those who want to
Cyber authorship is still
hear more about what you have to say.
Internet is essentially a public square, and
the more people you have gathered around
your “platform,” the more likely others will
be interested in your written works as well.
Before you drive your
down the Information
Highway, it is essential
to know the rules of
authorship and legal rules apply.
As a budding writer, you should understand that copyright laws protect your
work as soon as it is written.
you should also be wary of violating those
laws yourself. It is not acceptable (or indeed, legal) to take the written words of
one person and post them on your site
without permission unless the copyright
has expired (as in the case of many of
the older classics). Neither can you paraphrase the words of others closely without
properly quoting and giving attribution.
Even when you quote works that are out
of copyright, you still need to give credit
to the author for his words.
So, even if you see a great poem or
paragraph on someone else’s website, you
can’t just paste it on yours without that
author’s permission. If you really want to
draw someone’s attention to it, the best
way is to link to the site where that work
was originally posted. That way the audience is drawn to the author’s work in
the context where it was intended or for
which it was purchased.
Many people violate these laws, either
out of ignorance, desire for profit, or sometimes, with malicious intent. As an author,
you should not only be aware of the laws
but also abide by them. They are there to
protect you and your intellectual property.
Posting creative works on the
Internet may prevent you from
selling your works or entering
them in competitions.
Many people do not understand that
posting something on the Internet is a
form of publication. This is a two-edged
sword. On the one hand, people who