Protecting your book under copyright law is simple and easy. Today, copyrighting a book is much more affordable due to the many online copyright registries available.
The first thing you need to do is to determine if your book falls under a category that copyright protects. 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. 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.
Your book storyline may not be original but what should be original are the actual words and sentences of the story. 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.
You need to put your book 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. Once you have a tangible form of your work, it would be considered fixed and thus can be protected by copyright law.
You work will the be automatically protected under copyright law once your have completed the steps above. 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.
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’ 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. With your book registered in a copyright registry, you will be able to prove that you are the original author in case infringement occurs.