Post to Facebook from Blog Only Way to Maintain Copyright

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famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow

The Bottom Line Up Front:  Attorneys informed me that if I posted to Facebook from my blog, then I was protected since my blog is copyrighted. If I posted directly to Facebook, then I was screwed.

You can repost anything I have written and posted on Facebook since I first write all my personal work on my blog which is copyrighted. Even when you repost I still retain my copyright.

I attended a seminar sponsored by the Authors Guild at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property of the George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA.

Center for Protection of Intellectual Property

I was able to meet with several of the law students and their professor for an hour and then hear a talk by the general counsel of the Authors Guild.

A week prior to my meeting I had sent them Facebook’s draconian terms of service which are similar to all other social media sites in that they lay claim whatever you post.

I specifically asked how to protect my copyright in this situation since I had become so concerned I had stopped posting to Facebook. They researched this and informed me that if I posted to Facebook from my blog, then I was protected since my blog is copyrighted. If I posted directly to Facebook then I was screwed.

Fortunately, if I post something to Facebook from my blog and Facebook friends repost, then I still retain my copyright.

Fortunately, I mainly post to Facebook via my blog and never directly. So I will begin to post certain things again but I won’t post any of my personal writing about the South or other parts of m life which I plan to later sell to other publications because Facebook can change their terms of service without informing users.

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/