Protect Your Book with Copyright
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.
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. A book is said to be original if it is not directly copied from someone else. It can be based on someone else’s work or it can be a derivative work and both are permissible under copyright law.
An original book also contains some component of creativity. 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. Copyright protection for this type of book is only limited to the methods, directions, tips, and serving suggestions but not to the list of ingredients.
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. Even with thousands of books written about a single general subject, then each writer can own the copyright to their own expressions of their book.
Copyright protection requires your book to be put in a certain form. IN order to qualify as a literary work under copyright law, your book must be put in a fixed form. Writing it down or saving it on a hard drive will do. This tangible form is considered a fixed form that can be protected by copyright law.
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.
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 now, you have the evidence required to prove your book ownership in case infringement occurs.