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By law you own the copyright to any work you have created.
A copyright grants its owner the exclusive right to reproduce his copyrighted work. Examples of copyrighted works include books, newspapers, computer screen shots, cartoons, and photos.
By law you own the copyright to any work you have created.
Place your copyright notice on the back of your title page.
The notice should include
  1. The letter "c" in a circle or the word "copyright
  2. The year of publication
  3. The owner of the copyright
  4. Include the phrase: "All rights reserved."
  5. Example: "© 2002 Crane Publishing. All rights reserved."
Protecting Your Copyrights with the Library of Congress
Within 3 months of publishing your book, register the copyright, to establish a public record of your copyright claim. To register, send a properly completed application form, $30.00 filing fee (effective through June 30, 2002), and 2 copies of your book to the following address:

Library of Congress
Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000

You must choose from one of four application forms, depending upon the kind of work you are publishing. The descriptions below should help you decide which form is best suited for your book.
Form PA:
for works of the performing arts (musical and dramatic works)
Form SE:
for serials, works issued or intended to be issued in successive parts bearing numerical or chronological designations and intended to be continued indefinitely (periodicals, magazines, annuals, journals, etc.)
Form TX:
for non-dramatic literary works
Form VA:
for works of the visual arts (pictorial, graphic, etc.)
Application forms are available from the Copyright Office
or by calling the Forms and Publications Hotline at 202-707-9100.

You may access a wealth of additional information by acessing Copyright Office's fax-on-demand (202-707-2600), telephone (202-707-3000) or on the web (

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