Legal Matters: US Copyright Law Basics for Authors

In short, US Copyright law protects an author’s right to publish their book; promote their book; remix their book into other products; or sell the rights to publish, promote or remix the book to others. There is no such thing as a “poor man’s copyright,” because the law protects authors from the moment they write it, but if they want the full coverage of Copyright law they will need to register their book with the Copyright office within 6 months of publication.

Keep reading for a list of in-depth copyright resources.

Copyright Resources

Final Thoughts

When it comes to copyright law, what you don’t know may hurt you down the road. So it is wise to investigate copyright law before you get into a legal situation when you absolutely need to know it.



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Danielle Fetherson

Danielle helps aspiring authors become published authors. She believes that everyone has at least one book on the inside of them that can make a positive impact on someone else's life. If you have been thinking about writing a book, learn how to start your book today with the free resources at