you may have heard that your book is automatically covered by copyright as soon as it’s published or that you can do what’s called the poor man’s copyright and mail a copy of your book to yourself both of

these statements are true just try protecting your rights if someone starts selling it on their own here’s three reasons why you should register one is as a deterrent if people know it’s registered they’re less likely to use it the second

reason is to stop infringement this is a legal issue and we’ll get into that in just a moment and the third reason this is sometimes overlooked as it creates an asset so if it’s copyrighted that is an asset of your business or of your profession in the basics of copyright as we said if a book has been published it is automatically protected but the key is if

you’re going to claim infringement in order to collect damages and attorney fees for your book it has to be registered there’s a period of time that you must have it registered before you take that action if you file it electronically it’s $35 or in writing 65 the expensive part of this comes into play is when you have to expedite that because there has been a perceived

copyright infringement then you pay far higher fees in order to get it registered quickly to register your book you want to visit copyright gov copyright gov really applies to any intellectual property be it a written work music or video files if you’re a filmmaker this information is important but as authors what we want to do is visit the part that’s called copyright basics it’s a 12 page PDF that you can download and read and it explains the whole copyright process in a lot more detail once you’ve read that document and explored the side a little you’ll want to go over to the registration

click on this and this will explain it in current terms it is important to understand how long it takes in order to get this information back if you haven’t registered and you’re having to take legal action and down here it does have a note about current processing times another place to click here is called esio acceptable file types this will explain what are the acceptable file types that you could submit for copyright if you’re not submitting a paper copy and if you’ll go down the page you’ll see under text that they will accept the microsoft word document there’s two formats dlc and dlc x as well as a PDF format and rich text document format is another one that the universal file type and of course there’s WordPerfect in Microsoft Works and txt files so there’s several formats here that you could submit you cannot submit an ePub file or a mobi file so you’ll have to go back to the source document that was used to create your eBook so once you have your file type that you’re going to submit you’re going to want to return to the main screen and click on e co login it’ll explain some security and privacy information and continue on to e co and this is the screen where you will register for a free account with the Copyright Office or use an existing account if you have one and continue on to fill out the information to register your work a membership to linda.com unlocks this entire course and hundreds of others visit linda.com to learn more