Copyright Info

Filing for a US Copyright as the author is completely optional. Your book has a publishing copyright when it is finalized; however, the US Copyright as the author provides an additional protection for your work as the author and owner of the printed work. Below is a review the basic information so you can prepare for your filing if you intend to complete this step.

If you have a copy of the text block the Production Team sent you, you may use this. While it may not be the final printed copy it will be enough for an electronic filing of copyright.

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You may file your copyright without a copy of your book attached. If you decide to submit things in this way understand you will be responsible for sending 2 printed copies of the book to the Copyright Offices. Please send an author order request to the Book Order Team, let them know you are ordering 2 books for the Copyright Process, and they will process the request for you. The books will be shipped to YOU and YOU WILL NEED TO FORWARD them to the Copyright Offices using the instructions and shipping slip noted on the copyright application. Please make sure you have these copies BEFORE you submit the copyright application as the copies need to be received by the Library of Congress within 30 days of your application submission.

Australian Authors NOTE: Due to Strategic Book Group being an United States publisher there is no requirement for a legal deposit copy with the National Library of Australia. However, if the author of the book is Australian, or if it is about Australia, they would appreciate a donated copy to the Library.

International Authors NOTE: Depending on your country’s status with the international copyright treaties and conventions will depend on how your work is copyright protected on an international level. You may want to consider filing a copyright with your local government. You will need to contact a local copyright lawyer or copyright official to ensure the proper forms are submitted. The information below pertains to US Copyright Only.

Most of your general questions regarding US Copyright can be answered at: http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/

The below information is a section from the Copyright Basics document http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf that reviews the registration of a copyright. AEG Publishing Group recommends authors use Option 1 Online Registration. The other two options are also listed for your information.

Benefits of Copyright Registration

In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection. Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration.

Among these advantages are the following:

  • Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
  • Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U. S. origin.
  • If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
  • If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.
  • Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the US Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies. For additional information, go to the U. S. Customs and Border Protection website at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/trade_programs/international_agreements/free_trade/nafta/intellectual_prop_rights_lp.xml
  • Registration may be made at any time within the life of the copyright. Unlike the law before 1978, when a work has been registered in unpublished form, it is not necessary to make another registration when the work becomes published, although the copyright owner may register the published edition, if desired.

Copyright Registration Procedures

Filing an Original Claim to Copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office

An application for copyright registration contains three essential elements: a completed application form, a nonrefundable filing fee, and a non-returnable book deposit—that is, a copy or copies of the work being registered and “deposited” with the Copyright Office.

A copyright registration is effective on the date the Copyright Office receives all required elements in acceptable form, regardless of how long it takes to process the application and mail the certificate of registration. The time needed to process applications varies depending on the amount of material the Office is receiving and the method of application.

Please make sure you have the necessary printed copies BEFORE you submit the copyright application as the copies need to be received by the Library of Congress within 30 days of your application submission.

Here are the options for registering your copyright. The first is the fastest, and the one we recommend our authors to use.

Option 1: Online Registration ($35 fee) – click here

Online registration through the electronic Copyright Office (eCO) is the preferred way to register basic claims for literary works; visual arts works; performing arts works, including motion pictures; sound recordings; and single serials. Advantages of online filing include:

  • a lower filing fee ($35)
  • fastest processing time
  • online status tracking
  • secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office
  • deposit account
  • the ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files

Note: You can still register using eCO and save money even if you will submit a hard-copy deposit, which is required under the mandatory deposit requirements for published works. The system will prompt you to specify whether you intend to submit an electronic or a hard-copy deposit, and it will provide instructions accordingly.

For a step-by-step tutorial of the online application please refer to the “Welcome to the eCO Tutorial”

Please make sure you have the necessary printed copies before you submit the copyright application as the copies need to be received by the Library of Congress within 30 days of your application submission.

Option 2: Registration with Fill-In Form CO ($50 fee) http://www.copyright.gov/forms/

The next best option for registering basic claims is the new fill-in Form CO. Using 2D bar code scanning technology, the Office can process these forms much faster and more efficiently than paper forms completed manually. Simply complete Form CO on your personal computer, print it out, and mail it along with a check or money order and your deposit.

To access Form CO, go the Copyright Office website and click on Forms. Do not save your filled-out Form CO and reuse it for another registration. The 2D bar code it contains is unique for each work that you register.

Please make sure you have the necessary printed copies before you submit the copyright application as the copies need to be received by the Library of Congress within 30 days of your application submission.