Copyright Application for Books: Step-by-Step - Creative Law Center

Copyright Application for Books: Step-by-Step

Copyright Application for Books and Other Literary Works [Live Workshop]

As a writer, whether you spin fictional narratives or deliver specialized business knowledge, the importance of securing copyright registration for your work cannot be overstated. Waiting to register your copyright can have significant, negative legal repercussions.

Should your work be infringed before you file your application for protection, not only do you forfeit the right to claim statutory damages and attorney’s fees, but you also lack the foundational ability to enforce your rights—both in court and at the Copyright Claims Board.

Prompt registration is not just a formality; it is an essential legal tool that gives you the power to take decisive action against infringement. Copyright registration keeps your creative work under your control.

This workshop is designed for all writers, from fiction authors who craft worlds to entrepreneurs who build them through their expertise, offering crucial insights into the strategic and timely protection of your creative work.

This month’s workshop in the Creative Law Center will take you through the copyright application step-by-step, answering strategic questions along the way. Answers that will help you make critical decisions about protecting your creative portfolio.

What You Will Learn

  • Triage Your Portfolio: Strategically assess and prioritize which works to register first and which applications to use. This step is especially important if you have a large portfolio of work that needs protection or if you are working on a series. Making the right decisions here can save you time and money.
  • Unpublished vs. Published Works: Understand the different registration requirements for unpublished and published works. Learn what “published” means to the Copyright Office, because you won’t find this particular meaning in Webster’s dictionary.
  • Privacy Considerations: Navigate the delicate balance of transparency and privacy in your copyright application. Transparent enough so people can find you if they want to license your work, private enough to protect your personal life.
  • Limiting Your Claim and AI-Generated Content: Learn how to define the scope of your copyright to ensure clear boundaries in order to avoid legal issues. Limiting your claim is necessary if you’ve incorporated someone else’s work in your own or have relied on AI assistance in your manuscript.
  • Authorship and Claimant Issues: Learn how to define authorship and decide whether the claimant should be you, as an individual, or your business.
  • Preparing Deposit Copies: Get practical advice on how to select and prepare the best deposit copies that meet the Library of Congress and Copyright Office requirements.

Registration is More than a Best Practice

Incorporating copyright registration into your regular publishing process is not just a best practice—it’s a necessity for safeguarding your work.

By making the application for copyright registration a routine part of bringing your projects to completion, you ensure that you are never left vulnerable when it comes time to enforce your rights.

This workshop will provide you with the tools and knowledge to integrate copyright registration into your workflow, ensuring that your intellectual property is protected from the moment it leaves your hands.

Join us on Thursday, May 16th at 1 p.m. ET for this virtual session. A Zoom link will be sent to you after registration.

About the Author

Kathryn Goldman helps small business people, writers, artists, and creative professionals make a living from their creative work by teaching them how to protect and enforce their rights. She is an attorney who writes these posts to help you be more thoughtful about intellectual property and the law as you build your business, write your stories, and create your art.

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