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May 17, 2012 11:40 AM

I'm about to finish my funny toon book. I don't plan to do any legal ownership of my stuff, but would like some kind of rights to ownership if for some reason somebody decide to use my stuff. Could I add copywrite and all right reserved in my epub without officailly applying for one? Or are there any legality I should add?

 

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  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)
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    May 17, 2012 11:46 AM (in response to AG_779)

    Free pr paid?

  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    May 17, 2012 1:52 PM (in response to AG_779)

    In the front matter of your book, you can say something like

    All text, images, video, sound, designs, and code in this book (except where indicated) are copyright 2012 Joe Smith.

    Delete the bits that do not apply to your book as appropriate.

     

    That is all you need to do. Whether the book is free or paid doesn't matter.

     

    Michi.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)
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    May 17, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to AG_779)

    Paid means you have/will have an ISBN-13. A copyright is automatically in effect when an author writes a book, and gives the author control of his work. The author can gain certain legal advantages in infringement suits by registering the copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.

     

    Try something like this, perhaps:

     

    Copyright 2012 © Joe Smith

     

    The contents of this book (except where indicated) are protected by copyright laws and international treaties. Any reproduction or distribution of this document or any portion of this document, in any form by any means, without the prior written consent of Joe Smith is prohibited. For information regarding 3rd party use permissions, contact: js@js.com

  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    May 17, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to K T)

    The ISBN has nothing to do with copyright.

     

    The more flowery language is unnecessary. In fact, I don't have to add a copyright notice at all to my work in order to hold the copyright. The copyright is mine the instant I fix a work (put it on paper, publish it electronically, etc.)

     

    The copyright notice allows someone to identify who the copyright holder is (or was), and can be helpful in proving copyright if someone misappropriates the work.

     

    However, all that is really needed is this:

    Copyright 2012 © Joe Smith

    All the other verbage is legally meaningless.

     

    Adding a copyright notice is in your own interest, and necessary because Apple requires a copyright statement for books published in the iBookstore.

     

    Michi.

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    Jan 24, 2013 5:11 PM (in response to AG_779)

    totally different question here, but this discussion is the closest I could find to the issue I'm dealing with. Has anyone on here had any experience with using Apple images in books or documents? I'm having a very hard time time getting any type of response from Apple's copyright office to get clearance to use some of thier images in my book. If you have had success getting responses from Apple's copyright office I'd like to hear from you. Below is the message they give to those seeking copyright clearance which basically says, "no."

     

     

    Thank You

      

     

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

    If you do not receive a response from an Apple employee, we regret that we are unable to process your request. Please note that due to the high volume of requests we receive, this may be the only other reply you will receive from us.

    We appreciate your interest and consideration in contacting Apple.

    Best Regards,

    Apple Legal
    Copyright Team

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 6:09 PM (in response to tedtv)

    Never be afraid of spending pixels on a new question, as long as it's not a duplicate of one you've already posted, etc.

     

    Has anyone on here had any experience with using Apple images in books or documents?

     

    See iPod, iPhone, and iPad Icons - Software Licensing and Trademarks ...

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