Protect Your Book with Copyright
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.
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.
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. 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. Writing it down or saving it on a hard drive will do. 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. But, it could be very difficult to prove you are the original creator of the book if infringement occurs. This is why most authors choose to register their book 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’ 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 now, you have the evidence required to prove your book ownership in case infringement occurs.