I just finished the draft of my thesis and want someone else to do a proofreading on it because I am not a native speaker of English. I wonder if any things I shall do to protect the copyright of the draft before I pass it to others?

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    Can you clarify what it is that you want to protect? Because it might be that it's not solved by copyrights.
    – Cape Code
    Jul 10, 2015 at 16:08

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If you live in the US or any other country that observes the rules of the Berne Convention, your work is automatically protected by copyright as soon as it is saved to a fixed medium (which may be your hard drive, a printout, or scribbles in a notebook).

So if your work is written down, it's already protected with respect to copyright.

There may be other things about the draft that you wish to protect - for example, you may wish to ask the proofreader not to speak about your ideas with anyone else - but that is not a copyright issue.

  • It's usually proving that you hold the copyright to something which is the issue...
    – user9646
    Jul 10, 2015 at 16:22
  • Could you please talk about last paragraph of your answer a little more? May be in form of a comment if you find it irrelevant to edit your answer to the original question. Thank you.
    – enthu
    Jul 10, 2015 at 23:07

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