Here’s how to copyright eBook of the book you’re publishing. After working for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years to complete your work but in the end, someone tries to copy or steal it. Most people out there took a shortcut and tried to steal someone’s work.
Copyright infringement is a serious problem around the world. Some companies, writers, and artists lose millions from the theft or illegal distribution of their work.
Fortunately, there are some laws to protect your work. So while you may face a situation where someone is infringing your copyright, you have direct legal and security options to ensure that your work and rights are protected.
In this article, I’ll explain how to use copyright for your work and other copyright basics. This will primarily affect US copyright laws, although a lot applies to international copyright laws as well.
Do you have to copyright your work?
Surprisingly, the US copyright office states that you don’t even need to register your work for copyright protection because the copyright belongs to you as soon as the work is completed. Therefore, copyright protection exists. Therefore, as soon as you start working on your own published book or eBook, you automatically get copyright protection.
Not having an official copyright record may be the best option for some publishing environments where it would be impractical to protect copyright (e.g., a website, an eBook that you will distribute for free, etc. ). Instead, you can publish and distribute your work anywhere at your will.
Should you copyright eBook?
Well, the US law clearly states that you don’t need to copyright your work with the Copyright Office, this can be a great idea in many cases. For example, if you really spend a lot of time at your job and want to make sure you get full protection (and you suspect you’ve been hacked and need to sue later), I highly recommend you to register your work as soon as possible.
Registering your work has significant benefits and I would advise anyone who seeks to sell and distribute their work on a large scale. Some of the benefits of investing time and money in registering copyright include:
- If you later try to infringe your copyright, it will give you an advantage in court. This way, you will have clear confirmation of the publication/registration date. This will protect your work and increase your chances of winning an infringement case.
- This makes the job more professional.
- It also relaxes you and gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you have legally protected your work. Also, it makes it easier for you to sell or distribute it.
- The law says that when you do any work, you must present documents. You must provide a copy of the published work within 3 months of its completion. If you are registering your work, you can do everything at once.
Although it is unnecessary to register copyright protection in all cases, it certainly can be done in some cases. So if you are planning to publish an e-book or a real book, I recommend you copyright your work as soon as possible.
How do you register for copyright on eBooks?
It is very easy to copyright your work. If you live in the United States of America, you can register for copyright protection online or by mail. The Copyright Office has an excellent website, and you can find a lot of information about what copyright protection entails, the duration of copyright, registration requirements, and more. The government fees for copyright are around $35-200, depending on different copyright services.
Few more words on copyright work
Another thing to keep in mind, although you can completely reinvent yourself for writing, you need to make sure first that no one else has written a work that is still copyrighted.
It may surprise you that someone in the world has written a book like you. You can share ideas, similar phrases, etc. This can happen even if you have never seen their work.
So you have to do some research and find out if there is any copyrighted title or phrase available out there. It would also be nice to make sure your work is not the same as everyone else’s.
I think the most important issues to consider are your end goals and whether you think your copyright might be infringed (and whether that will upset or hurt you financially if you do).
If you want to distribute your eBook free to anyone, it might be necessary to do the copyright registration.
However, if you plan to sell your eBook, I recommend that you take the time to register it. This way, you will feel safe and professional and have reliable legal documents that prove the copyright that helps you defend your work in court.