Grammar

Copyright or Copywrite? Only One is a Usable Word!

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When choosing between copyright or copywrite, you must keep in mind that one is a misspelling of the other.

When I was a kid, there were a few of us who fancied ourselves as future authors. One of the things we always were sure to do when we wrote one of our stories was to add the word “copywrite” followed by the year and our name.

It’s a common mistake for the uninformed.

The word we should have used, I’m hoping you know, is copyright. Copyright is legal protection for an original work. Even if a work isn’t officially registered with the United States Copyright Office, placing a copyright notice does still afford some protection.

A proper copyright notice contains the following ingredients:

  • The word copyright, the copyright symbol, consisting of a letter C in a circle, as in ©, or the abbreviation Copr.
  • The year in which the work was produced. (Click the link for additional information on that.)
  • The name of the owner of the work.

It can appear as a noun, meaning the rights protection; as an adjective, as in a copyrighted work; or as a verb, as in an author taking the effort to copyright her material.

Technically, there’s no such word as “copywrite.” A copywriter is someone who writes copy, which is generally public relations or advertising material.

So now you know that anytime you see “copywrite,” someone has made an embarrassing blunder. Go easy on them: they obviously don’t know any better!

Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.