Thursday, March 13, 2014

Will I need to have my book copyrighted?

The copyright conundrum is one of the biggest problems for people when they think of self-publishing. Most authors self publish with the hope of doing well in the market, and they really don't want somebody ripping off their work and publishing it under another name.

And yet, how many authors actually go to the extent of copyrighting their book.

Before we go into this, let's start at the basics. Is copyrighting my book really necessary? What will happen if I don't copyright it?

The short answer to this is that the copyright law just says out aloud, whatever is implied when you put your work forward for sale. When you write a book and publish it, you imply that this book is your own work and that you have not (deliberately at least) taken content out of another person's work. And if you have done this, then you at least have the grace to acknowledge the help that these other sources have been to you.

The copyrighting just ensures that you have a legal document to this effect. There is just one problem with this though. While a number of countries are ok with you having an implicit copyright, other countries are not. In fact, countries like the U.K, Australia and New Zealand don't even have a method to register your work and it is considered an automatic right. Other countries such as the U.S.A require that you register with the United States Copyright Office if you want to bring a claim in a US court.
So the final decision on whether you want to copyright or not rests with you. The only advice that we can give you is that you check what the particular law is with respects to your country and follow it.

There are however some things that you can do to keep yourself safe from copyright infringement even if you don't register your work and we explain this in detail in “How do I copyright my work?

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