I hope the group can set some reality to my initial thoughts and help me.
Over the years I have written humorous (not just my view) rhyming couplets, predominantly for fellow work colleagues who were leaving the company or occasionally re-writing words to Christmas songs.
As they have been delivered to an audience (albeit a work audience), does that mean they are public domain, or do I have the copyright to the words for the usual period?
Also, if I have used someone's name in the rhyme, would I need to consider obtaining their permission to publish the rhyme or could I change the words to a fictional name?
Sorry, if the questions are banal, but would appreciate your guidance.
Asked by: JOHN BULL
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