We receive a lot of questions from CompletelyNovel authors on copyright – whether that’s how to protect your own rights as an author, or seek permission to quote from others. On this page, we’ve put together an overview of some of the things you need to know about book rights as a self-publishing author, along with some great links to where you can find more information.
What are content permissions?
Just as you as an author are looking to protect your own work, it’s important to recognise the need to ask permission to use other people’s work. If you have written a book and have included third party quotes or extracts within the text, you are normally required under copyright law to secure permission for its reuse. Permission must be granted by the copyright holder, which may be the author or the publisher of the work.
How permissions work – using PLSclear
Seeking permission to reuse content can be a bit slow. It can be difficult to identify the current rights holder, know what information to supply them with and then find the relevant contact name and information.
One way around this is to try the free permissions service from PLSclear. This makes asking for permissions much simpler and helps you get straight through to the correct contact.
Here’s a handy search widget to get you started. It’s free to use, either below or on PLSclear.com.
Easy permissions with PLSclear:
A copyright page won’t be generated automatically when you upload your book to CompletelyNovel, so we’d recommend that you create one and add it in at the front of your manuscript. It’s a good idea to look at the copyright page in a couple of traditionally published books of a similar genre to yours, see how the information has been presented and use that to inform your page.
Copyright pages usually contain the following:
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