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Protect Your Work

Register your work through the Copyright Office--you'll thank yourself later.

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A copyright is good for your lifetime plus 50 years, so that your family or heirs may benefit from your work. It is advisable to register your copyright even though a work is automatically copyrighted upon creation. In cases of infringement, it is always good to have a public record of your copyright registered with the Copyright Office.

Excerpted from Starting a Home-based Business