Since many authors are self-publishing their work or plan to write a book, I thought I would share this bit of information. Recently, I received the following e-mail from a site that sells my book:
Hello, we have removed your document “Malicious Acts” because our text matching system determined that it was very similar to a work that has been marked as copyrighted and not permitted on Scribd. Like all automated matching systems, our system is not perfect and occasionally makes mistakes. If you believe that your document is not infringing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will investigate the matter.
I responded to Scribd by informing them that I had registered my book with the Copyright Office in 2011 and attached a copy of my Copyright Certificate, proving that I am the owner of the work. This is why it is not enough to just place the copyright notice on your work, even though your work is supposed to be protected under the law. But I have always taken that extra step, especially if you bring legal action against any entity who claims to own your work, which will have to be registered in order to prove your case.
Registering your work with the Copyright Office can be done online or through snail mail. I would strongly recommend that you register your work online, which cost less and is faster than doing it though the US Postal Service. Because of safety measures, it may take up to a year before you receive your certificate, whereas if done online, your work is instantly registered once you submit it and pay the fee.
You can register an unpublished or published work. If you do register an unpublished work, you won’t have to register it again once your book is published. For additional information on Copyright laws and to register your work, go to http://www.copyright.gov.
About the Author
Born in 1946, Vivienne Diane Neal is a writer, blogger, and an author. She is a storyteller with a wicked sense of humor, has been writing articles for over twenty years and started penning fictional short stories in 2007. Vivienne gets her story ideas from observing people, places and things and watching true TV court cases and talk shows.
Now, semi-retired, she continues to write short stores and articles on love, romance, relationships, and other topics of interest on her blog at http://www.oneworldsinglesblog.net and runs a dating site athttp://www.oneworldsingles.com Follow Vivienne Diane Neal
Article reprinted with permission from Black Pearls Blog.