Protecting your book under copyright law is simple and easy. It is not longer expensive to have a book copyrighted because of the presence of many copyright registries online.
It is important to know, first of all, if you book falls under a category that is protected by copyright. Since books are nondramatic textural works expressed with words, numbers, or symbols, with or without illustrations, then it will normally fall under literary works.
If your book is to be protected by copyright, then it has to be an original one. An original book is one that is not copied from someone else. But, if you book is based on somebody else’s work or is a derivative to another work, then it can still be protected by copyright law.
There is a component of creativity to 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. However, the actual listing of ingredients is not protected by copyright law but what would be protected is 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. Even with thousands of books written about a single general subject, then each writer can own the copyright to their own expressions of their book.
Your book should be put 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. Writing it down or saving it on a hard drive will do. This tangible form is considered a fixed form that can be protected by copyright law.
When you have done all the steps above, you book is now protected under copyright law. Even with copyright protection, you will still have a difficult time proving that you are the original creator of the book if infringement occurs. And this is where registering your book with a copyright registry benefits you.
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’ A registry that has no hidden costs and one that will protect you book throughout its copyright life of 50 to 70 years is the registry to choose. So now, you have the evidence required to prove your book ownership in case infringement occurs.