How to Make a Copyright Page

By Lisa Magloff

The copyright page is where the publisher places all the legal notices and information related to a book. If you are self-publishing, you will need to create a copyright page yourself. The most important element of the copyright page is the copyright notice itself. This notice protects your work from unauthorized use by notifying others that the work was created by you. You do not have to register a work with the United States Copyright Office in order to create a copyright page or have copyright protection.

Step 1

Determine where you will place the copyright page. It is usually placed on the title page or the verso -- the page after the title page -- but can also be placed on the side of the front or back cover, or on the first or last page of the book.

Step 2

Insert a blank page into your work in the correct place using your word processing program or desktop publishing software.

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Step 3

Type out the copyright notice. Use either the word “Copyright” or the © symbol, followed by the year and your name. There should be a period after your name. You can follow this with "All rights reserved." If you are writing the copyright for a book that was reprinted in different years, you can add these to the copyright. For example, for a book that was published in 2008 and reissued in 2009 and 2011: © 2008, 2009, 2011 by Jane Doe. If the book was reprinted over successive years, you can write the copyright as: © 2008-2011 by Jane Doe.

Step 4

Add a reserved rights warning. This consists of the placing the words “All rights reserved” after the copyright notice. The warning can also include the following standard information, suggested by the USCO: "No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of Jane Doe." The reserved rights warning sets out exactly what is protected by the copyright notice.

Step 5

Add your contact information or the publishers' contact information at the top of the copyright page, above the copyright notice and reserved rights warning.

Step 6

Decide what additional information you will include on the copyright page. This may depend on how the book is being published. If you have an International Standard Book Number and Library of Congress Catalog Publication data, you can place these on the copyright page. The publishers' name and address also often appears on the copyright page below the copyright notice. The edition number may also be included as well as information about translated editions. You can also include the printer's location, credits for any copyrighted material used in the book, dedications and acknowledgements.

Step 7

Save the copyright page in your word processing program.

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