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Guide to Copyrighting a Book

It is simple and easy to protect your book under copyright law. Today, copyrighting a book is much more affordable due to the many online copyright registries available.

The first thing you need to do is to determine if your book falls under a category that copyright protects. Books would normally fall under literary works since it is a nondramatic textual work expressed with words, numbers, or symbols and may or may not contain illustrations.

Originality is one of the requirements to copyright books. An original book is one that is not copied from someone else. But, if you book is based on somebody else’s work or is a derivative to another work, then it can still be protected by copyright law.

Some components of creativity is found in original books. So, if you have a book which is a recipe compilation, then what requires originality that can be protected by copyright law is the order and types of recipes that you select. The list of ingredients is not protected by copyright but only the detailed expression of the methods, directions, tips and serving suggestions.

You don’t need to have an original storyline but the actual words and sentences of the story must be yours and not copied. So, if there are a thousand books about a certain general subject, each one can own the copyright to their specific expression of their book.

You need to put your book in a form that will allow for copyright protection. IN order to qualify as a literary work under copyright law, your book must be put in a fixed form. To do this, write it on paper or save it on your hard drive. You can then be protected by copyright law if you put your book in a tangible or fixed form.

You work will the be automatically protected under copyright law once your have completed the steps above. But, it could be very difficult to prove you are the original creator of the book if infringement occurs. This is the reason why writers choose to register their books with a copyright registry.

Your book can be registered under any copyright registry, but if you register it with the US Copyright Office, you will be able to easily take your claim to court.

It is easy to look for online copyright registries and this is by searching using the keywords ‘protect copyright’ Choose a registry that does not have hidden costs and will protect your book for the life of copyright which is from 50 to 70 years. So the, if infringement occurs, your book will be protected since you can probe that you are its owner evidenced by the registry.

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