Copyright infringement is a real and present danger for authors. This is especially true for Self-published writers who have to do everything for themselves. So if you are a writer, you are expected to know how to defend your book from copyright infringement. But what is copyright infringement? It can be defined the unlawful use of works protected by copyright laws without permission. In other words, it is the unlawful use of intellectual property be it a book, film or song. When used in book publishing terms though Copyright infringement is the use of a book and its contents without the authors’ permission. With this in mind, you should know how to protect your book from copyright infringement. Here are some great tips on how to do that.
- Have your book registered
As basic as this may seem, there are still a great number of authors who neglect doing this. The copyrighting process is fast and efficient. Firstly you should check on the copyright laws of your country. Afterwards you should fix the exact date of your copyright. If you are a US citizen you would most likely need to officially register with the US copyright office before you are able to make a claim in a US court. Registration may also entitle you to statutory damages in a US legal system. You can register through the office in person or online.
- Know your rights
Aside from copyrighting your work, it is always a good idea to know rudimentary copyright laws. By knowing the basics of copyright law, you would already know your rights and be able to know if your work is being used without your permission. It is also very important that you know the proper authorities and people to contact in case you find someone using your work. It is advisable to consult a lawyer during the copywriting process. Having a lawyer advice you on copyright laws will help you to be able to discern the types of copyright infringement and how to properly respond to it.
- Record your work
The copyright law is very self-explanatory and is there to help authors protect their rights to their work. So it is important that you have evidence that you really are the author of the book. Keep the main manuscript and other records of your work. That way should there be a need to file a complaint you will at least have a very strong defense.
- Make sure that your copyright does not expire
It is important that your copyright does not expire. This is because according to copyright law. If a work has expired then it can be considered to be in the public domain. This means that anyone can use it for free, with no need of permission. In the U.S copyright on any work created on or after January 1, 1978 lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. Although this may seem like a long time, anyone who has a family member who has made a body of work should keep this to heart. Who knows maybe this body of work might become a timeless classic. So it pays to know the details of this law.
- Keep tabs on your work
You have to be vigilant when it comes to protecting your book. Book Publishing is a very big business and you don’t want anyone to use your work without your permission or at least getting credit for it. So you should always be careful whenever you post about your book and using excerpts on your blog. That way should you notice any suspicious activity concerning your work, you can act fast and effectively.
All in all being able to defend your work from copyright infringement is a must for any author. Whether you write a story or a poetry book it pays and helps you sleep at night knowing that your book is protected.