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Do you guys "officially" copyright your ebooks?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by Lush1, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Lush1

    Lush1 Registered Member

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    I just finished writing an ebook and was wondering if I should just put a disclaimer on the second page saying something like:

    This publication is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws, and all rights are reserved, including resale rights: you are not allowed to give or sell this Guide to anyone else. Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved worldwide.

    Or should I have it registered on a site like http://www.clickandcopyright.com? How official is that site and is it even necessary?

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  2. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    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.
     
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  3. Remington

    Remington Regular Member

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    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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