When it comes to some of the more legalistic aspects of creative process, many people might think they know what is what. However, you might be surprised to find out that not everything is as is seems. And usually, this works to the benefit of the artist.
Now whether you’re one of the many Pittsburgh writers like myself, or maybe a visual artist or perhaps even a film maker, the rules are ultimately all the same in the end.
Legal requirement for something to be copyrighted:
Once the creation becomes something tangible and more than just an idea, it is officially your copyright. For example, right now, this very post is my copyright. The only problem is that this can be difficult to prove, hence the reason for the process of copyright registration.
Legal requirement for something to be published:
One person other than the originator must have read, seen, listened to, watched… the material. Once this has happened, the work is legally published. For example, if my best fried reads this post, even before it goes live on this blog, it is legally published. Although this is true, it’s probably not going to fly with your professors when you are writing your Ph.D. dissertation or when updating your resume.
If you don’t believe me, look into it for yourself and you’ll see that these simple notions are indeed fully accurate facts.