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Protecting your book under copyright law is simple and easy. You can find many online copyright registries where you can get your book copyrighted at an affordable price.

It is important to know, first of all, if you book falls under a category that is protected by copyright. Books falls under literary works category since this is a textural work expressed with words, numbers, symbols, and illustrations.

One requirement to copyright books is originality. IF you did not directly copy it from someone else, then your book is original. It can be based on someone else’s work or it can be a derivative work and both are permissible under copyright law.

There is a component of creativity to original books. This means that if you are going to compile recipes, then the order and types of recipes you select require originality and this can be protected under copyright law. However, the actual listing of ingredients is not protected by copyright law but what would be protected is the detailed expression of the methods, directions, tips and serving suggestions.

You don’t need to have an original storyline but the actual words and sentences of the story must be yours and not copied. So, if there are a thousand books about a certain general subject, each one can own the copyright to their specific expression of their book.

You need to put your book in a form that will allow for copyright protection. There should be a fixed form of your book to be protected under copyright law. Writing it down or saving it on a hard drive will do. Once you have a tangible form of your work, it would be considered fixed and thus can be protected by copyright law.

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When you have done all the steps above, you book is now protected under copyright law. However, if infringement occurs, you will have a difficult time provide that the book is your original. This is why most authors choose to register their book with a copyright registry.

Your book can be registered under any copyright registry, but if you register it with the US Copyright Office, you will be able to easily take your claim to court.

IF you search online using the keywords ‘protect copyright’, then you will be given a list of copyright registries online. Make sure that there are no hidden costs with the registry you are using and choose one that will protect your book all throughout the life of copyright which is 50 to 70 years. So the, if infringement occurs, your book will be protected since you can probe that you are its owner evidenced by the registry.

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