The Anatomy of a Copyright Page

You’ve poured your heart and soul into making the best planner possible. Now you need to protect your work. Including a copyright page is vital to protecting it against unauthorized use, and giving yourself credit for your creation.

While protecting your work is important, it’s not necessary to put a copyright line on each page of your planner—we’ve seen a few instances where it was worked into the footer of every page throughout the design. Putting this information on just one page is sufficient.

Let’s dive into the details! Feel free to copy and paste our examples into your own planner design files.

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THE SIMPLE VERSION

At the very least you need to include:

  1. The word “Copyright” and/or the copyright symbol ©.

  2. The year your planner will hit shelves.If your planner has been produced over multiple years or successive years, indicate the date range: 2005, 2007, 2009 for multiple non-consecutive years, 2005–2018 for successive years.

  3. Your business name.Use your legal business name, your DBA (doing business as) name, and/or your personal name, whichever name you want legal copyrights to be associated with.

  4. The words “All rights reserved.”

  5. The country of origin.This is where your planner is manufactured—only a legal requirement if made outside of the US.* However, if you do manufacture in the US, it’s nice to let your customers know that you are supporting the good ol’ US of A!

*This is extremely important. All products imported into the United States must be marked with the country they were made in, sometimes called “the country of origin,” by law. (source) The copyright page of your planner is a good place to add this information since it’s where all of your other legal information resides.

Including a copyright page is vital to protecting it against unauthorized use, and giving yourself credit for your creation.

Examples for a company in its first year of production

Copyright 2018 by Copper Bottom Design Co., LLC. All rights reserved.

© 2018 by Copper Bottom Design Co., LLC. All rights reserved.

Examples for a company with successive years of production

Copyright 2005–2018 by Copper Bottom Design Co., LLC. All rights reserved.

© 2005–2018 by Copper Bottom Design Co., LLC. All rights reserved.

Examples for a sole proprietor in its first year of production

Copyright 2018 by Heather Harris. All rights reserved.

© 2018 by Heather Harris. All rights reserved.

Examples for a sole proprietor with successive years of production

Copyright 2005–2018 by Heather Harris. All rights reserved.

© 2005–2018 by Heather Harris. All rights reserved.

Examples for a DBA with multiple years of production

Copyright 2014, 2016, 2018 by Copper Bottom Design Co., LLC dba The Copper Shop. All rights reserved.

© 2014, 2016, 2018 by Copper Bottom Design Co., LLC dba The Copper Shop. All rights reserved.

Examples for the country of origin

Printed in China.

Published in the United States of America. Printed and bound in China.

Published and bound in the United States of America. Printed in China.

Proudly made in the USA.

THE FULL BRANDED VERSION

Including a copyright page is vital to protecting it against unauthorized use, and giving yourself credit for your creation.

There is a variety of additional useful information you can include on your copyright page. Here are some ideas:

Many companies choose to further define the copyright with additional copy:

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without written permission from the publisher.

If you have quotations in planners you might also like to include one of the following statements:

The author has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of all quotations.

The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable.

If you include Islamic holidays in your planner, this additional text is helpful:

For Islamic holidays, regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen. Dates apply to North America.

For planners that have multiple contributors, it’s nice to give credit where credit is due, for example:

Cover design by Jane Doe Illustrations.

We love it when companies add information about their product that sets their brand apart from others, making it special. Get creative and use this space to give insight on what’s important to you, like where and how the book was manufactured and/or published.

Printed and bound in China with non-toxic dyes on recycled paper.

Or use this space to give your customers information on where to order more products.

Additional refills can be found at www.copperbottomdesign.com.

A nice way to end your copyright page is with your company name, address, and website—although not necessary if you would like this information to remain private. This is also a place you can put your logo, ISBN number, and/or product style number if you have one.

Keep in mind that these are just a few examples. The possibilities are endless, but as long as you stay true to your brand, your copyright page can be truly unique to you.

COPYRIGHT PAGE PLACEMENT

Now that you have all of the appropriate information, where do you put it?

There are a few places where copyright information is typically seen. The most common is in the front of book, particularly opposite the title page, but it can also go on the page after the title page, or the first page of the book.

If the front of the book isn’t your thing, you can move it all to the last page of the book.

So there you have it. Now you can rest assured that you are not only protecting your work, but that you are following the proper legal guidelines of writing your copyright page.