Ideas are not entitled to copyright protection. Only written compilations are subject to copyrights. There is no tangible evidence for an idea, therefore use caution when sharing your manuscript. Here at Winn Publications, we hold confidentiality to the highest standard.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by United States laws (title 17, U.S. Code). It protects an author’s published and unpublished works. Copyright generally gives the owner of the copyright exclusive rights to distribute, transfer and authorize use.
Before 1978, federal copyright was generally secured by publishing works without a notice of copyright, and complying with all other relevant statutory conditions.
In the United States, works that were in the public domain on January 1, 1978, remain in the public domain under 1976 Copyright Act.
When a work is published, it may bear a notice of copyright, to identify the publication year and copyright owner, informing the public that the work is protected by copyright laws. Copies of works published before March 1, 1989, must bear the notice or risk loss of copyright protection.
Works created after March 1, 1989, are automatically protected under the copyright laws even without a copyright notice.
Here are some examples of copyright notices:
- © 2018 by Arilia Winn
- Copyright 2018 by Winn Publications
- Copr 2018 by Arilia Winn
- Unpublished Work © 2018 by Arilia Winn
For additional information, visit the Copyright Office’s Website www.copyright.gov
To register a work, send the following three elements in the same envelope or package to:
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-60000
- A properly completed application form (available on the above website)
- A $45 nonrefundable filing free- maybe cheaper to file online
- Two complete copies of the best edition of the work