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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. Since books are nondramatic textural works expressed with words, numbers, or symbols, with or without illustrations, then it will normally fall under literary works.

If your book is to be protected by copyright, then it has to be an original one. IF you did not directly copy it from someone else, then your book is original. 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. The order and types of recipes your select in a book of compiled recipes must be original so that it can be protected by copyright law. 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.

Your book should be put in a form that will allow for copyright protection. There should be a fixed form of your book to be protected under copyright law. 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.

When you have done all the steps above, you book is now protected under copyright law. However, if infringement occurs, you will have a difficult time provide that the book is your original. This is why most authors choose to register their book with a copyright registry.

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.

IF you search online using the keywords ‘protect copyright’, then you will be given a list of copyright registries online. Make sure that there are no hidden costs with the registry you are using and choose one that will protect your book all throughout the life of copyright which is 50 to 70 years. So now, you have the evidence required to prove your book ownership in case infringement occurs.

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