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I live in the US and do writing of my own in various forms ranging from blog posts to content for handouts and trainings I might want to resell at some point in the future.

What steps I should take to legally protect the content I write so that it isn't taken and sold elsewhere later on? Are there additional things I should be thinking about before, during and after writing this content?

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Internationally, according to the Berne Convention, "copyrights for creative works are automatically in force upon their creation without being asserted or declared" (Wikipedia). However, in the United States, you can register your work with the US Copyright Office to receive additional protection and benefits, such as (if you promptly register) being granted statutory damages and attorney’s fees in case of infringement.

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