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How do I protect my novel (now in manuscript form) and the

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How do I protect my novel (now in manuscript form) and the story it portrays ?
JA: What written documentation do you have?
Customer: a finished, yet unpublished novel
JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?
Customer: no to both
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no, except it contains some data known to no one else
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Alex Reese replied 11 months ago.


Expert:  Alex Reese replied 11 months ago.

copyright protects original and creative expressions that are fixed in a tangible medium (e.g. written in a book) from verbatim or "substantially similar" copying. However, it does not protect facts, concepts, ideas or data by itself (only the creative & original expression thereof). Although copyright arises automatically upon creation, practically speaking you need to get it registered with the copyright office in order to get statutory damages and file a copyright lawsuit for infringement, so I suggest you do so immediately, the process is fairly cheap and easy and can be done at and the cost is only about $40 per work.

Expert:  Alex Reese replied 11 months ago.

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