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What is content evaluation?
Content evaluation is the process in which AuthorHouse assesses your manuscript to ensure that it meets our standards for publishing. We review manuscripts and materials for copyright, libel and content that contains sex and/or drug paraphernalia.
Why does my book undergo a content evaluation?
We perform content evaluations on all books to maintain a standard of publishing for our authors’ work and to identify areas in your manuscript that could potentially put you at copyright and/or libel risk.
How long is the content evaluation process?
The duration of your content evaluation can fluctuate depending on the length and subject matter of your book, as well as the number of other manuscripts we have queued for evaluation.
What do you look for during content evaluation?
We review manuscripts and materials for:
What are best practices to make sure my manuscript and materials meet the standards of content evaluation?
Follow these general guidelines to help ensure that your manuscript and materials meet our evaluation standards:
Copyright and Original Content
Libel and Privacy
To avoid libel and protect the privacy of living people referenced in your book, you must:
If U.S. Copyright is automatic, then why do people register for U.S. Copyright?
U.S. Copyright protection attaches immediately and automatically as soon as you fix the work in question in a tangible form. That tangible form might be a printed manuscript, but computer disks (or even your computer hard drive) can also be considered tangible forms. Registering a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office creates a public record of the basic information of your book.
What is the difference between U.S. Copyright protected and U.S. Copyright registered?
U.S. Copyright protection is secured upon creation of your work and provides you the right to stop another person from using your work without permission. U.S. Copyright registration is secured when material is officially registered with the U.S. government. Having your material officially registered with the U.S. Copyright office allows you to take legal action to recover a monetary value if someone uses your work illegally.
How can I tell if content is U.S. Copyright protected?
In most cases, any picture, material, text, information, quote, map, song or illustration that you personally did not create is U.S. Copyright protected by the person who created and/or published the material. Any text or pictures found in a book, magazine or newspaper is U.S. Copyright protected by the publisher, artist, photographer or another individual. Most information found on the Internet is U.S. Copyright protected.
Does citing the source of material clear me of U.S. Copyright infringement?
No. A citation will not protect you in a court of law in a U.S. Copyright case. You must obtain and keep written permission from the U.S. Copyright holder.
How do I obtain permission and what do I do with it?
In order to obtain permission, you can contact the original U.S. Copyright holder and explain what work you wish to use and for what purpose. In order to not be held liable in a lawsuit you must request and obtain written permission from the copyright holder to use the material in publication.