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Member Since: Jan 14, 2009
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It is less a matter of preventing anyone from copying your work and more being able to prove so in court if someone copyes your work and profits from it. Just printing "copyright ***" on the work is not sufficient.

Two workarounds, one cheap, one a bit more:
1 - Send yourself a manuscript and digital copy by snail mail. Make sure the envelope is sealed, and have the post office put a date-stamp across the flap. Leave the envelope sealed in case you need it.

2 - Self publish with a place that will give you ISBN #, library of congress, etc.

The main challenge in court is proving that you came up with an idea first.
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