Anonymous work

Anonymous work

Anonymous works are works, such as art or literature, that have an anonymous, undisclosed, or unknown creator or author. In the United States it is legally defined as "a work on the copies or phonorecords of which no natural person is identified as author." [cite web |url= |title=Selected Sections of the Copyright Act |accessdate=2008-06-22 |work=UNITED STATES CODE ANNOTATED |date=1997-12-17 ]

In the case of works where the creator's name is kept secret, the author's reasons may vary from fear of persecution to protection of his or her reputation. In 2007 the Washington Post published an article by an anonymous author describing the use of national security letters by the FBI. In this case, the author, who would have preferred to be named, was legally prohibited from disclosing his or her identity. [cite web |url=
title=My National Security Letter Gag Order |accessdate=2008-06-22 |work= |date=1997-12-17 |author=Anonymous |date=2007-03-23 |work= |publisher=Washington Post
] In the case of erotic novels, although such works were formerly published anonymously to avoid discovery, many modern erotic novels are attributed to "Anonymous" in order to get them shelved alphabetically with other similar works.


ee also

*List of anonymously published works
*List of works published under a pseudonym

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