Register your Copyright for your Book – Create your Account


Registering a copyright–for your book, or e-book–isn’t required but it does have its advantages. In the global online e­nvironment, I believe that it’s mandatory.

It’s important to know what “registering a copyright” is and what it is not. As the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s website states, under Benefits of Registration, “a certificate of registration of copyright is evidence that copyright exists and that the person registered is the owner of the copyright.”

It goes on to say, “the Copyright Office is not responsible for policing or checking on registered works and how people use them. It also cannot guarantee that the legitimacy of ownership or the originality of a work will never be questioned.” [my bold]

It may sound like a why bother scenario, but you’ve proven ownership and authorship by registering with a government office or agency. It gives you an extra layer of protection.  If it’s challenged, it puts the onus on the other party to disprove your ownership.

I feel that it’s worth the $50.00 cost, to eFile my application. It protects my property and demonstrates professionalism, for prospecting publishers.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) lists Country Profiles. Select your country from the list–at the bottom of the world map and click, Submit. The link on the profile page will connect you to the web site, for your country.

In the slideshow–below–I show you how to create an account.  In the next article, I’ll show you how to register a copyright, for your literary work.

Go to, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s website.




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