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do you ever get the feeling that people want something in a particular um I've been getting a ton of comments when it comes to a copyright for your book so today I thought I would go ahead and address the elephant in the room how to copyright your book for free we're gonna discuss that in today's video stay tuned and if you'd like to enter for your chance to win $5000 in the North Street prize competition stay tuned towards the end I'm gonna give you some more details hey it's Dale here I'm gonna go ahead and talk a little bit more about copywriting your book for free and of course stick around to the very end because I'm gonna tell you a safeguard when it comes to copywriting your book because I'm gonna show you some basics in today's video but the very end is where I'm gonna kind of tie it all together but briefly what exactly is a copyright well it's a form of protection for any original works of authorship across any tangible medium of expression now that's nerd talk for pretty much saying if you type it if you write it if you talk it if you record it in some capacity its copyrighted but the million-dollar question is how do you copyright your book well according to the US Patent and Trademark Office this is a frequently misunderstood topic because many people believe you must register your work before you claim copyright however no publication registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright copyright is secured automatically when the work is created and the work is quote unquote created when it's fixed in a quote unquote copy or phonorecords for the first time so just to repeat myself just to repeat myself myself you heard dad jokes here I just want you to understand that as soon as you put pen to paper as soon as you do that first keystroke as soon as you turn on your tape recorder as soon as you turn on your video camera you are creating a copyright of your work it's your creative authorship that you're putting out into the world but big but here's there's a catch you must file a copyright for these particular occasions and this includes the staff pushing public records so if you really want the entire world to know that yeah I officially have you know stake my claim this is my copyright I did this book rather than just relying on hearsay or maybe even time stamps on a specific you know Microsoft Word manuscript of some sort this is a way to actually get it in public records so you have irrefutable proof that you are the copyright holder for this particular work the next thing is going to be you're gonna need a copyright in cases of copyright infringement so if you have to take someone to court in a lawsuit or someone takes you to court in a lawsuit you're going to need to have that copyright now there are some discrepancies when it comes to specific time conditions for a copyright and when it comes to infringement Sande lawsuits so you don't wanna make sure you visit the USPTO site I'm gonna leave a link down inside the description down below you can take a look at that and the lastly you're allowed to file with US Customs we have a copyright filed in public record so that way you can pretty much stopped any importing of infringing copies so let's just say for instance someone over in China yeah for some reason loves your book they go ahead and start to illegally print it onto some type of books and they try to send it to the US well US customs if they catch them can stop that import and send it right back and that is another way to kind of protect you know those occasions obviously are not gonna be as often as you would think but it still is there but should you file a copyright that's the big question I'm gonna answer that in just a moment but before I do I want to bring to your attention the sixth annual North Street food prize competition where you can enter to win a grand prize of $5,000 and they're giving out over $12,500 to the winners of this competition and this is available to all self-published authors every year between mid-february to late June and it's actually a recommended contest by the Alliance of independent authors and it's also available to six different category types and the top seven winners will receive additional benefits to market their books which is pretty freakin cool these categories include mainstream literary fiction genre fiction creative nonfiction and memoir poetry children's picture books graphic novels and memoirs if you have any book in that and it's been published any time at all it wasn't just this year it could be years past you can enter to win find out more details over at winning writers dot-com slash Dale and if you win please let me know I would definitely applaud you for that oh and you got to get it in by June 30th 2020 otherwise you're gonna miss out on the sixth annual and you'll have to wait for the seventh annual don't wait submit now okay so should you file a copyright this depends now I'm gonna tell you why it depends because if you're a hobbyist if you're just you know you're putting out your books because you want to publish your stuff you're not so concerned about making money then chances are very likely you probably won't need that you know cuz in all likelihood you probably won't sell that many copies and the likelihood of someone stealing it is probably greatly diminished now is it impossible no but still nonetheless it doesn't make sense for you to invest in a copyright if you're just going at this business for the fun of it now you're building a business then this is a great possibility here's the deal if either of those are situations that you're involved in depends on your discretionary expense now don't go and spend thousands of dollars on a copyright literally you can go to the US Patent and Trademark Office website and file it for $55 online or you can do it eighty five dollars for a mail in copyright registration I'm gonna refer you over to my good buddy Dave chess and the Kindle preneur on his channel he actually walks you through the entire process for doing the copyright the links gonna be an inscription down below hey if you found today video very useful could you do me a huge favor you know if you want to learn more about writing and publishing books itself make sure of course you hit the subscribe ring the bell notification icon so you don't miss a single one of these videos and speaking of videos I think you might like this next video series I'm gonna send you over into I'm actually sure you step-by-step from point A to point B to Point C and how to self publish a book I will see you in the very next video
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I've studied general relativity at Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel and I am an expert in poetics. I usually feel uncomfortable. My previous job was meter mechanic I held this position for 13 years, I love talking about performance and landboarding. Huge fan of Bobby Coleman I practice cheerleading and collect film posters.
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