June 20th, 2011 by Bob Bly
One of my subscribers SP writes: ?How do I stop people who buy my e-books from making illegal copies and giving it to their friends??
?Here are a few techniques that offer a degree of protection:
?1?Have a copyright page in the front of the book. Add a copyright notice. Mine reads:
??? Copyright 2010 by The Center for Technical Communication. All rights reserved.?
?2?Register the copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, DC:
?3?Lock the PDF so the contents of the book cannot be altered and the copyright information cannot be removed.
?4?Place this warning on the copyright page:
??This is NOT a free e-book!
??Purchase of this e-book entitles the buyer to keep one copy on his or her computer and to print out one copy only.
??Printing out more than one copy or distributing it electronically is prohibited by international and U.S. copyright laws and treaties, and would subject the purchaser to penalties of up to $100,000 per copy distributed.?
?5?Within the text of the book, put URLs of the landing pages for your other products and offers.
?That way, if the book is stolen and passed around illegally, you?ll at least get lots more orders from it.
?6?Offer an extra free bonus the readers of the e-book can download ONLY if they are ?authorized owners? of the e-book.
?That way, someone who has an illegal copy and wants the free bonus will go pay for a legal copy to get the free bonus.
?7?Don?t spend a lot of your time and energy worrying about people copying and stealing your stuff.
?Most people are honest. A few aren?t. In the long run, you won?t really be hurt by the few cheaters here and there. Dedicate your time and energy to other, more important issues.
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