When you publish an e-book, you have to look into copyright issues so that the book’s content is protected. It is vital that the researched content you put into an e-book is not used by someone else without your permission or posed off as theirs. In the United States, e-books copyright laws grant exclusive rights of the book’s content to the author and prevent the author’s work from being misrepresented as that of someone else.
According to the Berne Convention, signed in 1989, copyright notice is not really necessary because every publisher work is automatically copyrighted. Nevertheless, authors decide to use this notice because it identifies them as the copyright owner. The copyright notice displays year of publication. All copyrighted works include three features which are work copyright confirmation, copyright © symbol, and year of publication and name of the copyright owner. Adding of the word “Copyright” before the c and the date is also done for the purpose of impressing the copyright feature.
Most people look into registering their work for copyright protection, although this is not really required because the U.S. Copyright Office states that all e-books published prior to or right after January 1, 1978 are automatically copyright protected. The copyright is enforced for a period of 70 years after author’s death.
Copyright registration enforces ownership of e-books with authors and a public record of copyright is established. If anyone were to use their work without a license or permission, the author can file legal action get statutory damages and also payment for attorney fees. You can register a copyright for your e-book by sending in a copyright application form, with $30 application fees and the e-book copy to the Library of Congress.
The application form can be downloaded from ebook-site.com/ebook-copyrights.html. Ebooks can also be copyrighted by applying for a copyright through the Electronic Copyright Office (eCO).
An online form is available at the site http://www.copyright.gov/eco/notice.html. The form needs to be printed, sent with a copy of the e-book and a fee of $50, through post. Since copyright laws are subject to change, get updates from www.copyright.gov.