I’m not a lawyer either, so I won’t bore you, darling reader, by pretending I have deep expert knowledge. But I believe all writers MUST know how copyright affects them – whether they care or not.
Here’s the classic newbie question: “I just finished writing my first children’s book, and I’m wondering about the Copyrighting process. Is it really necessary to do it at all?”
DO you need to copyright your book?
Good news! If you’ve written a book in one of 162 Berne Convention countries worldwide, you’ve already “copyrighted” it – it’s automatic. (If you’re not living in one of them, maybe you should move...)
Once you've written something, you own it. Nobody else can use it or take it away. This copyright protection is almost universal. Trouble is, if there's ever a problem, you've got to prove that you're the person who originated the content. There are various ways of doing this.