How to defend a book from plagiarism and protect your copyright
Maybe it happened to you too, before you click on Amazon’s “Publish” button or send your manuscript to an agent or publisher for an evaluation, to think, “What if they steal my idea? If they copy my text and publish it in their name without my knowledge? “
It is the fear of plagiarism, the fear of not being able to protect your copyright on the work you have created with so much effort and that, rightly, you feel deeply yours.
So if you have at least once thought about how to defend yourself from plagiarism, know first of all that in the literary sphere plagiarism is very rare.
Certainly they will not be agents or publishers to steal your words because, indeed, if they thought you were a talented writer, they would earn much more by contracting you and having you write again, rather than stealing your first book and nothing else.
The risk of plagiarism, therefore, is plausible by other writers, envious and scripts, but do not worry: to defend yourself you have effective weapons at your disposal.
What establishes the Italian Law on Copyright
Our Civil Code, in article 2576, establishes that the copyright on a work derives from the creation of the work itself.
Therefore by Italian law you are automatically the holder of the Rights on your work, for the simple fact of having created it, regardless of any filing and registration formalities.
The point is not therefore how to register one’s Copyright on a work, but rather how to demonstrate, in case of dispute, that you have written that text before another, that on a certain date you were already the author of that text. It’s all here. It’s just a question of timing.
If you write a book, you make it public in any way, by printing it or even by spreading it on the internet, and then someone steals it and passes it off as its own, the only way you have to defend yourself from plagiarism and claim the authorship of the work is precisely to be able to prove that you wrote and published that text before him.