Lee wrote: > --- On Mon, 9/21/09, Daniel Bowman <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > >> From: Daniel Bowman <[log in to unmask]> Subject: Conlang >> copyright To: [log in to unmask] Date: Monday, >> September 21, 2009, 11:24 PM As my previous post mentioned, I >> created a conlang for my friend for her novel last Friday.� >> Originally, I was going to translate a few lines for her in >> Angosey, but I was afraid that, were she to publish her novel, >> the publisher would then own the rights to my language.� >> Furthermore, if I wanted to publish a story of my own that >> included Angosey after she publishes hers, I might have legal >> action taken against me. >> >> Is this a valid fear?� Has anyone else encountered this sort of >> problem? >> > > Yes, this is a valid fear. Happens with software all the time. > > Slap your copyright notice on the work you did: > > Copyright � 2009 Your Name. All rights reserved. > > Technically, you don't need a notice in the US, but it helps in > situations like yours. Technically, you don't need the "All > rights reserved," but again, you are giving notice to that future > publisher you are own what's yours, not them. Technically, you > don't need the word "copyright" but last time I checked some > countries will not honor a copyright notice without it. (Maybe > the publisher has an office in one of those said countries? Not > that the word will stop anyone from copying anything, but at > least they can't say you didn't claim ownership.) IANAL! Last I read up on the subject, and that was quite a while ago, notices were no longer needed due to a number of international treaties. It doesn't hurt to put on though as a CYA meansure just in case someone is unclear about your intentions about whether or not to distribute you works.