Originally Posted by Teresa Edgerton
You need not do anything, until and unless someone plagiarizes or infringes on your work, then it would be useful to have plenty of evidence that all this is truly yours should you decide to bring a suit. (First drafts, notes, sketches, people who saw the work in its early stages, would all count as evidence.)
hmm the digital age would be providing a problem here. If a person works fully on the works in a digital setting then drafts, notes and such will all also be digital and able to be modified (start dates and such can be edited - at the most simple level you just turn your computer clock back.)
On a forum I think such things are legally speaking relativly safe as they are part of a functioning community (many witnesses) and are also very hard to forge false dates on (though as we have seen from the post posted before the start of the internets it can be done - though you tend to need more admin rights).
If you are worried about your work and its in a digital format then it might be an idea to have a copy printed off and handed to a soliciter with a witness present to view the exchange on a set date. That way they have a hard copy that is untouched from that date.
Just a thought for proving ownership here.