Atlanta, GA asked in Copyright for Georgia

Q: If I plan to publish poetry under a pen name, how do I ensure the works are legally protected as my own?

I want to keep my identity private but still want to be sure I will have full control over my work. How do I do this in regards to submitting to magazines, journals, etc? And if I were to want to copyright a future collection, should it be under my legal name or my pen name?

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Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Beverly Hills, CA

A: There is a provision in the application to register the copyright in a work and identify the author's "pseudonym". Many authors have used pseudonyms: Mark Twain was Samuel Clemens, for instance.

The application to register the copyright will show your legal name as owner based on your authorship of the work.

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