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Copyright gives you the sole right to produce or reproduce your work, through publication, performances and so on, or to authorize such activities. Anyone who does such things without your permission is infringing, that is, violating, your rights. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has a Guide to Copyrights.



You own the copyright to your work from the moment you create it, and your legal rights do not depend on registering the work. Registration will, however, assist you should you decide to go to court. Register with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.


The Writers Guild of Canada Registration Service is available to members and non-members to assist them in establishing the identity and date of completion of a stage of their literary material including feature films, television and radio, manuscripts of books, poetry, and periodical articles. The Registration Service is NOT a copyrighting service and does not protect titles or confer any statutory protection nor take the place of copyright registration. Some producers will not look at a screenplay unless it is registered with the Writers Guild.



Are you looking for a straightforward DICTIONARY with a clean interface? One that doesn't tell you how to attain a flatter firmer stomach? Try OneLook.


OR, you might consult WordNet out of Princeton University. WordNet only contains "open-class words": nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Thus, excluded words include determiners, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions, and particles. WordNet is organized by the concept of synonym sets (synsets), groups of words that are roughly synonymous in a given context. You might find the search results "inspiring."



In the Google search box you can type define: your word and end up with definitions from various sources including WordNet, but you will save some typing with a dictionary open in another browser window when you are composing.


A good online rhyming dictionary that does not blast you with graphics can be found at: 


You might consider writing that masterpiece on a laptop which is a greener choice than buying a desktop computer + monitor + keyboard. The Apple MacBook Air is made using fewer toxins than other computers, it is highly recyclable, and has EPEAT Gold status.


EPEAT is a system that helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes.


A multifunction printer capable of scanning, copying, and faxing saves power and cuts waste. Fewer individual components means less landfill.


PAPER: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international certification system that guarantees you are protecting forests when you buy FSC-certified paper. Products bearing the FSC ‘check tree’ logo come from well-managed forests and known sources, ensuring recycled content is verified, local communities benefit, and sensitive environmental areas are protected. FSC is supported by WWF Canada, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club of Canada and others.

Cascades uncoated fine papers contain a maximum quantity of post-consumer fibre and are developed to continuously reduce our environmental footprint.


The Environmental Defense Fund's Paper Calculator shows the environmental impacts of different papers across their full lifecycle.


The Cumberland Pencil Company got its start  in 1832 and received a Queen's Award in 2002 for their environmentally friendly production of Derwent pencils. Edit with confidence.


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