In her article “Know Your Risk Management,” Sallie Deitz explains why spa owners and skin care professionals need to be conscious of the need for risk management. One risk spa owners may not have thought of is the risk of writing for industry publications and texts. To help protect yourself and your business, Deitz explains the following.
Risk management for writing
Risk management for authors and writers begins with using accepted scholarly conventions when writing articles, books, marketing materials and other documents. Having your work registered as copyrighted material is essential in protecting your work as an author. Legal.com defines a copyright as, “A form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to authors of original works of authorship. This includes literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works.” This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Washington State contract and patent attorney Todd Hathaway recommends registering your writing, artwork, video and photos, in addition to the copyright that it is given once it is published, as routine practice for the following three reasons:
- Registration increases the perception that there are greater rights to the work.
- Registering your work is a prerequisite to filing suit for copyright infringement.
- Registering work allows statutory damages to be paid, if you can show an infringement on your work. This may not be true if the work is just copyrighted.