Member Rara Avis
Kit, from what I understand, it only covers the works you sent in to be copyrighted. So if you write more poems after the ones you've sent in, you must then compile the others and get them copyrighted as well.
The link above goes into detail on who can copyright, what is copyright, and a whole bunch of other things. You might want to check that out.
Elizabeth, if you wrote those poems, and someone stole them, they're still your poems.
Take the ones you have, go to the website, and print out the form to send in for your copyright. If you do a collective work, then each title will NOT be listed. Only the name which you give to the whole works.
Say I take all my poetry, and send it for a collective © (which I need to do), and I name it Rebecca's Poetry. Everything I sent in under "Rebecca's Poetry" will be ©.
Even though I've sent in each poem, it WON'T list each individual title.
Let me find the link to the form for poetry, and I'll put that up here. It will make it a lot easier. I do recommend however that you go look and read at the site above. It will explain, and answer a lot of questions.
Here's the link to the poetry form, with instructions.
[This message has been edited by WhtDove (edited 03-07-2001).]