When you boast, or when your relatives flatter you, that your skills as a lawyer are valuable, a big part of what they mean is that your writing skills are valuable. If you do not believe this, read a legal memorandum, letter, or other document you have recent written in your professional capacity, and then read dirt cheap web content on a similar subject.
Think about how much you got paid per hour or per word to write it, and then think about how much the authors of dirt-cheap web content get paid. The way you get paid may not simply be per hour of writing, and it almost certainly is not per word, but do some calculations. You will see that writing with the expertise of a lawyer is a specialized skill, and is rewarded as such. Therefore, if you put the effort into writing a blog, you will want to make sure that it is protected from copyright infringement. An article on Social Media Examiner discusses ways to protect your intellectual property on your blog.
Registering the Copyright for Blog Posts
Technically, one does not copyright a blog, since a blog is a place online, namely a page on your website, rather than a literary work. The posts do, however, fit the legal definition of literary works. The Library of Congress has new rules about registering the copyright for groups of creative works, including blog posts; you can now register up to ten posts with a single copyright application. Registering the copyright to your posts will give you more leverage if someone tries to republish your blog content without your permission.
If You Write It and Post It, You Own the Rights to It
According to U.S. copyright law, the rights to written works automatically belong to their authors; it begins as soon as you save the Word document with your post, before you even post the content online. If you plan to file a copyright infringement lawsuit, you must register the copyright to your work before filing the lawsuit. The copyright application form includes a question about when the work was created.
You or Your Law Firm Can Still Own the Rights to Your Blog Content, Even If You Hire a Content Firm to Write It
“Works made for hire” are an exception to the “you write it, you own it” rule. Your agreement with the content marketing firm you hire to write your blog content contains a provision that the content it provides for you constitutes a work made for hire. Likewise, if employees of your law firm write the content in the context of your professional duties, the copyright can belong to your law firm.
Legal Content Writing
Whether you write your own blog content or hire a content marketing firm to write it, copyright law is on your side. You can count on Law Blog Writers to create original, well-written, and well-researched content for which you will be proud to own the rights.