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Copyrighting Your Self-Published Work

Copyrighting is a good way to protect your work, especially when it comes to self-publishing. Though it is important, it is also a very confusing process. Here is some information about copyright in order to make sure your work is properly protected:
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  • Copyrighting is cheaper and easier to do yourself.
  • Copyright costs $35 to online register.
  • U.S. copyright law states that copyright exists from the moment the work is created, “without any action taken by the author, the moment it is fixed in a tangible form so that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.”
  • You don’t even have to put a copyright notice on your work, though it does ward off potential word thieves.
  • You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work.
  • (Note that you can register works of visual arts, performing arts, sound recordings, and single serials at the same website.)

If you’re looking fora  step-by-step guide on how to copyright your work, PBS MediaShift has one here. 
 

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