How to Copyright Your Book
It is simple and easy to protect your book under copyright law. You can find many online copyright registries where you can get your book copyrighted at an affordable price.
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.
One requirement to copyright books is originality. 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.
An original book also contains some component of creativity. 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. Copyright protection for this type of book is only limited to the methods, directions, tips, and serving suggestions but not to the list of ingredients.
If your book does not contain an original storyline, it can still be protected by copyright if you use your own words and sentences in writing it. 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. Your book must be put in a fixed form in order to qualify as a literary work under copyright law. To do this, write it on paper or save it on your hard drive. You can then be protected by copyright law if you put your book in a tangible or fixed form.
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. This is the reason why writers choose to register their books with a copyright registry.
Books can be registered under any copyright registry, but if you need to take your claim to court, then you need to register it with the US Copyright Office.
IF you search online using the keywords ‘protect copyright’, then you will be given a list of copyright registries online. Choose a registry that does not have hidden costs and will protect your book for the life of copyright which is from 50 to 70 years. So the, if infringement occurs, your book will be protected since you can probe that you are its owner evidenced by the registry.