Library of Congress Mandatory
To register your copyright, the
easiest, least expensive, and fastest approach is to use the Copyright
Office's electronic copyright system at
www.copyright.gov/eco/ You'll need
to pay the Library of Congress electronic registration fee ($35).
There is an alternative approach available, completing a simple
one-page form Short Form TX and mailing it in with a $85 fee. This form is
available for download from the same link, www.copyright.gov/
You own the copyright to
your work the moment you create it. You do not need to publish it,
include special "magic" captions in your book, or register
your copyright. However, there are definite advantages in terms
of enforcing your copyright if you do include a notice in your book
and do register your copyright.
The traditional way to
give notice that your book is copyrighted is to include a caption on
the copyright page, on the back of the title page of your book.
The notice should at least say
for example © 2013 John Smith
You may also want to
include a whole paragraph of things that are not allowed, such as
copying, making into a movie, distributing in electronic form, etc.
Here are some examples:
All rights reserved.
No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or
by any means whatsoever without express written permission from the
author, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical
articles and reviews. Please refer all pertinent questions to the
reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in
any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including
photocopying, recording, or by an information storage and retrieval
system - except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a
review to be printed in a magazine or newspaper - without permission
in writing from the publisher.
If you register your
copyrighted material with the Copyright Office, then you are giving
official public notice of your ownership. This is needed if
you want to take action to enforce your copyright.
with The Library of
If your book has
copyright protection, there is a legal requirement that you deposit 2
copies of your published work within 3 months of publication.
This is separate from copyright or ISBN matters. For details, see the web site for the Library of Congress
Copyright registration and mandatory deposit can be handled with a
single submission. The Library of Congress forms are available
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