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Title: How do I secure a copyright for my unpublished fiction book?
Post by: bagho on May 19, 2014, 01:47:11 AM
Good afternoon.

I've just finished writing a novel, and sent out the initial queries to the agents and publishers. Now before (and if) they ask for the complete manuscript for evaluation, I'd like to secure the entire work under the copyright laws, so as to prevent plagiarism, and duplication of my intellectual work.

As I'm naive to legality, I'd like to ask you how to initiate this procedure. Should I head to the local court and contact a lawyer?

Any help is highly appreciated.

Thanks and regards,
Soumyadeep Koley.
Title: Re: How do I secure a copyright for my unpublished fiction book?
Post by: Advaradhyakirmani on May 19, 2014, 04:36:26 AM
Do not give your book to anyone without first copyrighting it.

legal service India.com itself provides this service of Copyright registration i am providing you the libk speak to them:
Copyright Registration in India (http://www.legalserviceindia.com/copyright/register.htm)
Title: Re: How do I secure a copyright for my unpublished fiction book?
Post by: bagho on May 19, 2014, 08:43:25 AM
Thank you so much for your reply, Ms. Kirmani. I've sent two chapters as a sample, along with the query. Do you think I can still file a copyright?
Title: Re: How do I secure a copyright for my unpublished fiction book?
Post by: bagho on May 19, 2014, 01:06:33 PM
I never knew there exists a copyright law for unpublished works. I came to know about it while browsing through this informative forum. Otherwise, I'd have secured the copyright before venturing to send the queries out to agents and publishers. My bad. Can I still secure a copyright? How long does it generally take to get the copyright certificate?

Thank you.
Title: Re: How do I secure a copyright for my unpublished fiction book?
Post by: advmisthi on May 19, 2014, 07:24:20 PM
unpublished books have greater protection, It takes around 6 to 7 months to get the certificate now a days
Title: Re: How do I secure a copyright for my unpublished fiction book?
Post by: bagho on May 20, 2014, 12:59:08 PM
Thank you for the information, Ms. Mukherjee. Do you think I can still file a copyright in this case, when I've already sent out a few chapters as a sample, to the agents and publishers?
Title: Re: How do I secure a copyright for my unpublished fiction book?
Post by: advuma on May 20, 2014, 05:56:47 PM
Yes you can, do it quickly, publishers are not very trustworthy people.
Title: Re: How do I secure a copyright for my unpublished fiction book?
Post by: bagho on May 21, 2014, 02:15:11 PM
Yes you can, do it quickly, publishers are not very trustworthy people.

Thank you very much for the information, Ms. Saika.