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How To Copyright Your Book

Submitted by Monica Carter Tagore  l March 19 2008  l  Viewings: 4774

By Monica Carter Tagore

U. S. law provides you copyright protection automatically upon the creation of your work. But you can gain greater protection if you register your copyright with the Library of Congress.

Copyright registration is the official legal notice of your copyright claim for the project. Before you can sue for copyright infringement, you must have the copyright registered with the Library of Congress.

Many people used to - and some still do - try the "poor man copyright" method of mailing a copy of the manuscript to themselves. The unopened envelope provided proof that the project was in existence on a certain date, thanks to the postmark.

But that method is not a particularly strong one, especially in this day of technology. The better and more effective way to protect your project's copyright is to properly register it.

You can visit the Library of Congress's Web site and print out the application. Submit the application, the registration fee (about $45) and copies of the manuscript to the Library of Congress. Get the complete details for your particular project at the Library of Congress, as different types of creative works require different submission procedures.

Even if you've already published your book, it's not too late to register the copyright. Copyright may be registered anytime during the life of the project, but the sooner, the better, as the point is to provide you a measure of legal protection, should you need it.

You will receive a copyright certificate about four to five months following successful submission of your application and accompanying materials.

Monica Carter Tagore is a self publishing mentor who teaches people to successfully publish marketable books. She is the author of three books, two e-books and thousands of articles. She also has ghostwritten books and projects for others. Join her mailing list at http://www.knowledgewealthseries.com/writingsuccess.html and get her free newsletter with helpful tips to successfully publish your next book.

Monica Carter Tagore - EzineArticles Expert Author


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