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I've been to trials, several of them, dealing with copyright protection. No matter what method you use, be it poor man's copyright, which hasn't been needed, and hasn't worked, since about 1910, or getting something notarized, or any other scheme, the very first question you're asked will almost certainly be, "Why didn't you register the work?"

The is the legal method set up just for such protection, and if you didn't use it, everyone, including the judge and/or jury, is going to look at you in a very dim light. The system is there, the system is cheap, but you chose not to use it? Yeah, right.

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Mmhmm - this is good - the fee rates. A simple work: $35.00 http://www.copyright.gov/docs/fees.html

Now that I'm thinking about it - I don't see why it would cause issues for an author to register their own work (as was suggested). Honestly, if a pub house doesn't want you to officially register your work - maybe they aren't all that great of place to put your writing with?

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