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Copyrights and Other Things You Need To Know Before Publishing Your Book

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Below are questions which have been sent to me from my readers via the Ask EelKat advice column. Each question is a link. Clicking that link will take you directly to the article which I wrote to answer said question. I have tried to arrange them by category in order to make it easier for you to find the answers you need.

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I am currently moving all 6,000 questions&answer articles to this site one page at a time, at a rate of about 4 to 7 new pages being added each day, so be patient. Not all links are yet clickable. This process started on September 2, 2013 and will be ongoing at least through to January 2014. (And it may be well into 2017 before all 6,000 pages will be back online if I continue at this rate of 5 a day.)

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Copyrights and Other Things You Need To Know


  • What is a Copyright?
  • Where does the Copyright go?
  • How do I register my Copyright?


  • What is an ISBN and why do I need one?
  • How do I get an ISBN?
  • Wait a minute, these are expensive! Why you can't I buy just 1?
  • Once I have it, where does the ISBN go?
  • When should I order my ISBN block?
  • Do I Need to Buy an ISBN If Amazon Will Assign an ISBN to My Kindle Edition?
  • Do I Need to Assign ISBNs to All the E-Versions of the Book (Kindle, Sony, Apple, etc)?

Library of Congress

  • What is an LCCN?
  • How do I get an LCCN?
  • Once I have it, where does the LCCN go?
  • Should I get an LCCN or CIP, both or neither?

Bar Codes


  • May I Trademark-Protect My Book, Characters, and/or Title?
  • I Want One of My Characters to Drink Coke. Can I Mention Trademarked Items?

Public Domain



  • Can I use songs, poems and articles I've found?
  • What is Fair Use, and why do I have to care?

Your Questions Answered

Who can I contact if my questions are not answered here?

Is it true that publishers own the copyright to your books? What percentage do they get from your sales?