- I believe that God has a supreme will for our lives, even in relation to our writing careers.
- I believe that He gives us great flexibility within that will and freedom of choice as to how to the use of the gifts He has bestowed on His children.
- I believe that He is glorified by skillful work and wise use of our resources as writers and people of God.
- I believe that, if we seek His perfect will rather than our own, in due time, He will move our careers in the direction of success.
- I believe that we reap what we sow in every area.
- I believe that He calls each of us to use our lives and talents for the greater good of humanity and for His glory.
- I believe that we should not fear what man can do unto us but focus on pleasing God. If we do this, rejection letters will not devastate us, public opinion will not sway us away from the goal and we need not fear the pirates who would ruin our careers. Ultimately, God is in control.
- I believe that trusting God will enable us to know when to defend our rights and when to let it ride.
- I believe that you should write your best, know your rights and responsibilities and trust God with the result. Do not be afraid of pirates.
There are so many things I could add to that list, but these are the basics for a Christian writer.
Nevertheless, writer be vigilant. Of pirates beware but don't be scared.
If you'd like to get some quick information about copyright laws, visit the first link, below which leads to a string of video clips by Nathan Boehme, a writer, editor and independent film maker in Los Angelos, California. Here you will see short blips with a virtual film strip so that you can select the clip you desire. Recorded in a creative and entertaining style, his videos educate you with all the basics about copyrights right down to a poor man's copyright idea. Have fun. http://www.ehow.com/video_4467944_get-basic-understanding-copyright.html
The next link is direct to the U.S. Copyright and Patent Office. There are almost endless sub links to answer all your questions about copyrights. These are the facts. http://www.copyright.gov/