Can I write a book with the same title?

When it comes to copyright law, book titles are not deemed to be copyrightable. It has been decided that names, titles and other short phrases do not meet the requirements. As long as the words and phrases inside the book itself are not copied or adapted, there is no danger of copyright infringement.

Should I trademark my book title?

The law is clear that you cannot trademark individual book titles, but a title for a series of books can be trademarked since it serves the role of a brand. We are continuing to work with the RWA to address this trademark issue, including bringing a trademark cancellation action if necessary.

Can you copyright book titles?

A: Copyrights cover works fixed in a tangible format, but because titles are typically short, they don’t fall under copyright protection. So no, you can’t copyright a title to a book, song or movie. But you can trademark a title, which may give you the protection you seek.

Can I use a book title as a business name?

A book’s title is not subject to copyright (too short) and cannot be trademarked. However, you can trademark the name of a book series once you have more than 1 book published. Though a book is a subject matter of Copyright, the title of the book can only be protected under the Trademarks Act.

Do I need to copyright my book before publishing?

Should I copyright my book before I submit it to editors and agents? There is no need to copyright your book (with the U.S. Copyright Office) before submitting it. A clause in most contracts between publishers and authors sets up an agreement whereby the publisher takes out the copyright in the name of the author.

How do you secure a book title?

The only real protection is to brand yourselfMake sure you’re not competing with another book with the same title. Come up with a good subtitle. Stake out spaces on platforms. Get your Amazon page up. Create a book site or microsite. Start blogging, podcasting, and posting. Pursue bylined articles and other platforms.

Can I copyright my book after it is published?

Under U.S. copyright law, your self published work is protected as soon as you put the pen to paper. Copyright is based on your creative authorship and is not dependent on any formal agreement with a book publisher or self publishing company, although registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is beneficial.

How do I get my book copyrighted?

To register a book or other creative work, simply go to, the website set up by the Library of Congress. There is an online portal to register copyrights for photographs, sculptures and written works. Fill out the form, pay the fee, and you are registered.

How long does it take to get a book copyrighted?

about 3 months

Does poor man’s copyright hold up court?

I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it? The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.

How do I check if something is copyrighted?

Searching copyright records If you want to check registrations, though, you need to use the search engine on It’s not as easy as you’d think, though. When you search for a title, you’re relying on them having registered it under the title you know it as.

Is my book automatically copyrighted?

#1 – Do I have to register my book before it is copyrighted? Your book is legally copyrighted as soon as it is written. But, to scale up your legal rights and protect your material to the fullest extent, register your book with the Federal Copyright Office.

How do you avoid copyright infringement when writing a book?

To avoid copyright infringement, always use caution if something is not your original work. Even if something doesn’t carry the copyright symbol, it’s still not yours to use in any way you want if you didn’t create it yourself.

Can I use copyright symbol without registering?

Use of the copyright symbol is more similar to use of the trade mark symbol, as work does not need to be registered in order to use it. You can place the copyright symbol on any original piece of work you have created.

Can a publisher steal your book?

Most publishing entities are honest, but some do steal. If even one entity is essentially dishonest, it must steal books on a regular basis. That means it will steal not just one book, but many books — and these books must be making a profit for the entity, or there would be no motivation for theft.

What literary agents are looking for?

While agents and publishers want to find that “unique voice,” they also need to believe there’s a market for your work. Writers need a solid grasp of who and what is being published in their genre and any relevant trends.

Can you steal an idea?

Ideas alone are not protected under intellectual property law. There are two primary ways that you would be able to sue the company for stealing your idea. The first is if you did, in fact, reduce the idea to a protectable form before telling the company about it.