Copyright – What you should know

If you self-publish you need to be aware of your rights when it comes to copyright.  To help with this I’ve compiled (with a little help from a friend) a quick reference guide, which you can download from the link below:

Reference guide to IP Protection

In the real world this all crops up when it comes to thinking about Digital Rights Management (DRM).

DRM is often used on electronic media to protect the copyright holder.  It can also be used to tie you in to a given media, for example:

Smashwordsmulti-format and no DRM.

Amazon – mobi format and own DRM.

Other sellers – epub format and standard DRM.

As a self-publisher you need to make the choice about whether you want your book available as DRM-free (allowing readers to freely use it and pass on the good word) and/or DRM only (limiting you to the commercial sites where there’s already a lot of competition).


About indie e-books is aimed at providing a common platform for indie writers and publishers to show-case their work. The content is kept limited to one (free) short story per author to give the reader an idea of the writing style and talent involved and to help forward them on to more substantial work.
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2 Responses to Copyright – What you should know

  1. Hey….just some more info on copyright: I recently hired an IP lawyer for a new book on writing I’m working on. As to being “automatically” protected as soon as you put something into a fixed medium (paper, audio, painting, on a napkin, etc.), this is true. However, if you don’t register the work with the copyright office within 30 days of being “fixed”, then your avenue for collecting remunerations on anyone violating your copyright is severely limited. So, my take on my IP lawyer’s advice was this: if the work is important to you, spend the $35 or whatever it is to register it. For me, I won’t bother with registering short stories, but I will register novels and other longer works…

    A. J. Abbiati

  2. Indie Ebooks says:

    Definitely – registering your copyright will help if you do unfortunately have to deal with infringement but it ultimately boils down to the question of cost-benefit i.e. at what point is it worth paying to register a work? For uk registration there are links in the pdf given above.

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