In a recent thread we mentioned copyright notices and a few people have spoken about how they vary. Thus I thought to start this thread to mention my copyright notice, because it isn't what you normally see, and why I have it that way.
First is the whole notice as I have it now, then information about some of the sections. This is from my last completed book.
Will to Survive
Copyright © 2015 by Ernest Bywater
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. All rights reserved by the author, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.
Product names, brands, and other trademarks referred to within this book are the property of their respective trademark holders. Unless otherwise specified, no association between the author and any trademark holders is expressed or implied. Nor does it express any endorsement by them, or of them. Use of a term in this book should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark, service mark, or registered trademark.
The background images are Fall in the mountains by Gila National Forest and Bill Williams River at Southern end of Lake Havasu in Arizona by John Menard, both are used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution. The trimming and adding of text is by Ernest Bywater. All rights to the cover image are reserved by the copyright owners.
29 December 2015 Edition
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Naturally I start with the title, the copyright year, and my author name (my name in this case but could be a pen name). this is for clear identification purposes.
I also end it with the date of the current Edition, the name of the publisher, and the ISBN (if I have one).this is for clear identification purposes too.
In between are the arse protection clauses.
The first paragraph is the same as what you commonly see in the front of print books.
The second paragraph to to allow me to get away with using the names of various products and store in a general way. Note: this is not and ironclad protection from the companies if they do want to go after you, but it does establish your intent not to cause them harm if you end up in court. And that intent can save your arse in some situations.
The third paragraph is about the cover art. This acknowledges where the basic images come from and what I've done with them. Part of this is a legal requirement with some images under the Creative Commons Copyright and part of it is just to be nice about where it's from when it's a public domain image. This is more arse protection and a way of establishing your intent as being honest about things. It also helps me to remember where I got the damn images from for use in a later work.
Some print books mention the source of the cover art and some don't. I prefer to do so. This post is for information and discussion, and you are all free to use as much or as little of the three paragraphs as you wish.