Intellectual Property Law
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Since 1979 when the Copyright laws were rewritten by US Congress, no one has to register their written works any longer with the US Copyright office. An author must list his name and the year with the symbol C wrapped in a circle under the title and the work is Copyrighted under US law. A felon is included in this law and has the same rights to sue in a civil lawsuit if someone steals his work. However, if there are victims of the felon's crimes alive who read the work they can sue the felon for the profits as part of the damages of the crime that was committed against them. This is why many notorious killers have not written books about their lives (Son of Sam, etc) - because the law will basically give any profits they make over to their victims. So, depending upon how notorious or famous the crimes of the felon you are asking about are, the felon may get published but may end up seeing very little to nothing from the royalties from any such publication.
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