If you are writing your own book, or have recently published a book, it is important to ensure your work is copyrighted. This ensures that it cannot be stolen or used by anyone else without your prior permission.
The time and effort put into writing and publishing a book is significant. As a result, you want to protect your work. While your work is already copyrighted to yourself as soon as you begin writing, you need proof of this for legal purposes.
It is fairly easy to copyright intellectual property, and your work can be protected in a few simple steps. In this article, I will be talking you through the importance of copyrighting a book, and how you can do this in just 10 steps.
Why Is Copyright Important?
Copywriting is important because it helps to ensure your work remains your own and no one creates their own copy of it, or claims it as their own. It helps to prevent piracy, and plagiarism, and protects your work.
Copyright essentially gives you the right to copy your work, and prevents others from doing the same, without first receiving your consent. This is essential because it means you have control over how your creative content is shared and distributed. It prevents other people from profiting from this, unless otherwise stated.
When you register your book with the U.S. Copyright Office, this allows you to have official documentation stating your work is your own. It provides proof that the intellectual property is your own, and it is put on record. If anyone is found to have made an illegal copy of your work, you need proof of this when a lawsuit is carried out.
How Do I Copyright A Book?
When it comes to copyrighting a book, this is a fairly easy process to carry out. However, you will need to be aware of the certain legalities surrounding copyrighting, to ensure that everything is correct.
Given that copyrighting a book ensures that the book is classified as your intellectual property, the official documentation does incur a cost. However, this is to be expected when you take into consideration that it is official documentation that you have chosen to be processed.
While you technically have copyright over your book as soon as you begin writing it, for legal reasons, you will also want to have official documentation stating this. To receive these documents, you need to register your literary work with the U.S. Copyright Office. Nowadays, this can all be carried out online.
To successfully register your book, you will want to follow these simple steps:
1. First, you will need to search https://www.copyright.gov/registration/.
2. Locate “Literary Works” on the website and click this.
4. From here, click on “Register A Literary Work”.
5. The website will then prompt you to create your own account that will help to keep all of your information and data in one place. It will ask for a handful of details, including an active email address.
When setting up the password, it should be a strong and secure option. Alternatively, if you already have an account with the U.S. Copyright Office, you can log straight into the site, using your username and password.
6. On the left-hand side of the U.S. Copyright Office website, there is the “Copyright Registration” section, you will want to click on this, and then “Register A New Claim”
7. From here, you will need to click “Start Registration” to begin the application process. This will then bring up an online form.
8. Fill in the registration form to the best of your ability and ensure it is accurate before submitting it. It is a fairly straightforward form to follow.
9. When you are ready to submit the form, you will first need to pay the registration fee. This is a total sum of $45.
10. While this completes the online registration, you will also need to send in your finished manuscript to the U.S. Copyright office as proof that it is your own intellectual property.
These are the 10 simple steps needed to complete the form online. However, if you would prefer to send a paper copy of the form, this is possible. The fee is higher at $125, due to the filing fees. The processing time is significantly longer with paper applications.
These are the steps to take if you are registering a book in the U.S. If you are located in a different country, you will need to use your countries equivalent to the U.S. Copyright Office. The steps may vary slightly.
Claiming copyright of your intellectual property can be a daunting task. However, it is fairly easy to register for this. If you have any concerns, it is worth chatting to a professional regarding copyright protection and laws. Your intellectual property should always be copyright protected where possible, and the small one-off fee to receive this security is certainly worth paying.
If you are an author, you will know how important it is to receive positive feedback and reviews for your book, especially when they are published on platforms such as Amazon. Positive views help to increase the interest surrounding your book, and they attract potential readers to the book.
Author Community is a free service that can help you to gain more reviews and feedback on your book. It is a text messaging based service that encourages readers to engage with the content they are reading.
When you sign up for the service, you are given a unique Author Community number, which can be placed in your book. Your readers can then use this service to connect to you, and receive information about the book.
It is such a useful tool to use, and has so much potential. If you would like to try out the service, you can do so here.