Copy writing? Copyrighting? What’s the difference?

From time to time I get asked about how to obtain copyright protection—for a song, a play, a book—you name it.  I realize the words copy writing and copyrighting are homonymic; but their meanings have about as much in common as iPad and eye pad.  Just to clarify, copy writing is the creation of text (i.e., copy, as it is known in advertising parlance) to sell a product or service. On the other hand, a copyright is the exclusive legal right given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

Not too many years ago, the process to obtain a copyright involved sending materials through the mail to the Library of Congress where a record could be established and registered. I know, because I’ve been through it for myself. The last time I registered something, it took several months—the better part of a year—before I received official notice of registration in the mail. I haven’t been through the process recently, but I do know you start at the Copyright Office web page. In case you need it, here’s the link:

However, if copyrighting is not what you seek, but you indeed seek copy writing, here’s the analogous link for your quest:

And if you need another reason to engage Wordman for copy writing, how’s this? Every new client this month receives a free eye pad. (Sample on left may or may not be exactly like the one you receive.)

What do you think?