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"The Copyright Handbook will be a hit with librarians, copyright researchers, and anyone who wants to protect their work." Cheryl LaGuardia, Library Journal
Here’s a book about copyright for written works. It is for the entire universe of people who deal with the written word.
How This Book Is Organized
This book has two parts:
Not everyone will want toread the whole book. Which parts you do want to read will of course depend on why you bought the book.
Most of you bought the book for one of these three reasons:
Assuming you fall into one of these three categories, here is how you can make best use of this book.Readers Who Want to Know How to Satisfy the Procedural Requirements for Maximum Copyright Protection
If you just want to know how to place a valid copyright notice on your work (that’s the © followed by a date and name you usually see on published works), read Chapter 3, Copyright Notice. Placing a valid copyright notice on your work will make it easier to enforce your copyright.
If you want to register your work with the Copyright Office, refer to Chapter 4, Copyright Registration, for a step-by-step explanation. You’ll find all the registration forms you need on the CD-ROM at the end of the book. You will obtain important benefits by registering your work after it is published.Readers Who Have a Specific Copyright Question
If you have a specific question or problem, start with the table of contents at the front of the book. For example, suppose you want to know whether you need permission to use a quotation from Abraham Lincoln that you found in a recent Civil War history. By scanning the table of contents you would discover Chapter 11, Using Other Authors’ Words—probably the place to start.
If you didn’t find what you were looking for in the table of contents, you could use the index at the back of the book and search under such terms as “quotations” and “public domain.”People Who Want to Learn All About Copyright
If you simply want to learn more about copyright, read Chapter 2, Copyright Basics, and then read as much of Chapters 5 through 16 as you wish. You can skip Chapters 3 and 4, since these chapters are intended for people who want to take specific steps to obtain maximum copyright protection for a written work.What This Book Is Not About
This book only covers copyright for written works. This means it is not about:
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