COPYRIGHT QUESTIONS

An Introduction to Copyright & AUTHORS.me

Post Series: Introduction to AUTHORS

A common and natural concern of authors is of somehow losing the copyright to their work. Through our many conversations with writers, we’ve realized that new technology seems to amplify the fear that they might unintentionally give away their copyright or that their work will be outright stolen.

The raison d’etre of our terms of service is to protect writers and it requires anyone on the website to recognize the ownership of authors to their work.

But we don’t stop there.  Here are some of the other ways we protect your work:

  1. Only registered agents and publishers can view your work.
  2. Other writers on the platform cannot view your work.
  3. We track exactly who views and downloads your work.
  4. Internal, password-protected URLs to your work also expire in minutes, so they can’t be posted.

We worked with publishers to make sure we were using all of the best methods for protecting the work and one memorable conversation was the publisher who scoffed, “Do you think there’s protection when the writers email their work? it’s stored across easily-accessed systems in houses.  It’s crazy to trust email over a document management system.” We saw that by working with the latest technology, we could do a much better job protecting your manuscripts.  Emails can be hacked, forwarded without credit, or even just sent to spam.

Below we’ll supply a condensed overview of exactly what goes into this premise, but for the full legalese, please check our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy. .

Safeguarding Your Rights

AUTHORS does not claim ownership rights in any of your data, text, information about you or your work, manuscripts, chapters, outlines, other samples of your work, usernames, graphics, images, photographs, profiles, audio, video, items, and links (“Submissions”).

By providing AUTHORS with your Submission, you are granting us a license to use that Submission in connection with the Services and as provided in our Privacy Policy.

AUTHORS acts as a platform to allow :

  • Writers to submit to our partners
  • Partners to review and download Submissions, and to connect with Writers.

AUTHORS is not directly involved in any transactions between the two parties. We require that your work must be original and that responsibility falls to the author to uphold. We take accusations of copyright infringement very seriously. If you are seeking to reprint someone else’s work or something that has fallen into the public domain, this is not the place for you.