How Can I Protect My Book?

How Can I Protect My Book?

Copyright your book

Whether you have written one of the greatest novels in British history or you have written an owner's manual, your book took a lot of hard work and is important to you. Your book is yours and your creativity should be rewarded. You should be the only one to profit or otherwise benefit from it. That is the purpose of UK copyright law, after all. Your creative work should belong to you and you alone.

In the United Kingdom, as long as your book is original and not derivative of another work, it qualifies for copyright protection. Of course, that protection only helps when it’s possible to prove that someone has copied it or otherwise infringed on it. That's only possible if you can certify to legal authorities that you own the book and that your book predates their copy. One way to protect yourself is by registering and making a copyright deposit in a way that establishes you as the owner of the work and that creates a date certain of the book’s creation.

How To Protect Your Book?

When you register and make a copyright deposit of your book with, the protection is instantaneous. Your copyright deposit establishes a date certain of creation of your book, which will establish priority of copyright. And because this deposit serves as incontestable proof of copyright because it is unalterable by anyone. The deposit of your book serves as your official witness of your right to your creation or design.

When you file for copyright protection for your book, that protection is valid for life. When you deposit your book for copyright protection, your work is in the hands of officers with a legal obligation to retain books and all other deposits in a way that makes them incontestable in a legal proceeding. And your protection reaches well beyond the United Kingdom. A copyright deposit in the UK with, is valid in all 171 countries that have signed on to the Berne Convention, which means your book is protected internationally.

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