Thursday, December 11, 2014


As book writers we don’t worry a lot about registering our copyrights because the publisher generally handles those registrations. Your book contract always indicates whether it is going to be registered in your name or the name of the publisher. The preference is that it will be registered in your name and we assume the publisher has taken care of that as a matter of course. Recently, however, we’ve been hearing reports that some publishers are not actually registering those copyrights. You can go online and check the U.S. Copyright site ( to see if there is a record of your copyright registration. On the home page, under “Search Copyright Records” click on “Registration and Documents.” Just type in your name in the box and it will bring up a list of possible registrations and you check on the correct ones. Follow instructions for additional information.

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