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Post by tony » Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:49 pm

Hi there everybody.

I hope that someone out there can help me. Of all the sites I have visited this one seems the best by far, I hope you can help me. I am in the process of writing a book, concerning life in the UK at the present time, it is factual and in no way tells a story, more a reflection of what this country means to me. How do I, or rather can I apply for a worldwide copyright when the book is of a factual nature. It seems to be a minefield and I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

Many thanks in advance
Tony :?

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Post by CopyrightAid » Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:44 pm

Hi Tony

Good news... you will have worldwide copyright on the book you have written. Copyright is an automatic international right of the author. You don't 'apply' for it - you already have it.

Fortunately, all countries have a concept of copyright, and virtually all have signed up to the Berne Convention which provides a common framework of protection across the world. Check our our page on the Berne Convention for more info.

If you are concerned about protecting your work - i.e. in case someone else claims it as their own, you can always register it - That way you have independent proof of your claim. Check out the UKCS they provide an international registration from as little as £35. There are a number of other agencies, but UKCS seem to be the most comprehensive - if you want to look around at others, I'd suggest you also read this recent article which will tell you what to look out for.

P.S. Thanks for your kind comments :)

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Post by tony » Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:14 pm

Hello and many many thanks.

I was not sure about the best way to approach this and you have answered all of my questions, I shall go to the site you recommend and start from there, I would just like peace of mind for the future.

Once again many thanks.

Cheers Tony :D

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