Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by Lush1, Jan 8, 2010.
No . . . "Official" copyrights don't hold much water in the sense that anyone can rewrite your content and sell it. You can't copyright the ideas in a book. You can only protect the text as it is written verbatim.
For something like an ebook, where it's so common for people to do rewrites, it's probably a waste of time. Even if they were stupid enough to copy/paste and you won a lawsuit, chances are you wouldn't get much. One reason for that is that a lot of people don't have the money to pay off a decent judgment. You can't get what they don't have.
I got a few copyrights when I was younger, but nobody has seen fit to give me a chance to sue and get rich. Right now I wouldn't bother unless it was on something I had spent a lot of time on, like a novel (and I don't mean a NaNoWriMo quickie novel), and I would be submitting it to the big publishing houses. I have read of publishers being stupid often enough that in that case, there is a possibility of both verbatim copying and massive, actually-collectible payoffs. Even then, it's not a *big* possibility, but it's enough that I'd make the copyright official.
Ha ha ha what a ripoff!!
www.copyright.gov <--That's the real site.
Edit: Filling out the forms is easy, too, at least with the paper ones.
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