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How to Copyright Your Book

If you have a book that you want to protect, you can do so with simple and easy procedures under copyright law. Today, copyrighting a book is much more affordable due to the many online copyright registries available.

It is important to know, first of all, if you book falls under a category that is protected by copyright. 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. Permissible under copyright law are books that are based on someone else’s work or books that are derivative works.

Some components of creativity is found in original books. This means that if you are going to compile recipes, then the order and types of recipes you select require originality and this can be protected under copyright law. The list of ingredients is not protected by copyright but only the detailed expression of the methods, directions, tips and serving suggestions.

If your book does not contain an original storyline, it can still be protected by copyright if you use your own words and sentences in writing it. If many writers write about a certain general subject, their works can be protected by copyright law if they have their own specific expression of their book.

Your book should be put 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. Even with copyright protection, you will still have a difficult time proving that you are the original creator of the book if infringement occurs. And this is where registering your book with a copyright registry benefits you.

You can register your book with any copyright registry but if you want to take your claim to court, you need to register it with the US Copyright Office.

You can search for a copyright registry online by doing a simple search with keywords ‘protect copyright’. A registry that has no hidden costs and one that will protect you book throughout its copyright life of 50 to 70 years is the registry to choose. 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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