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  1. #1
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    Default Use of Book Title

    How do I find out if my title is already being used? Also if so do I have to change my title?

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    Default Re: Use of Book Title

    US Copyright Office website.

    US Patent and Trademark Office website.

    Google the title.

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    Default Re: Use of Book Title

    Book titles are not protected by copyright, though you can indeed check to see if it has been registered with the Copyright office:
    https://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pw...cal&PAGE=First

    This only goes back to 1978. You can search for older titles at the office's parent entity, the Library of Congress site that has its own catalog:
    https://catalog.loc.gov/

    As I stated above, the title doesn't enjoy any copyright protection. Titles get duplicated from time to time. You have to decide if you want to deal with the confusion that may result.

    Some books may have their titles used in ways that elevates them to trademark status (for instance, the "for Dummies" series of books) do:

    https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-app...emark-database

    In the case of a trademark, any use that does arise to confusion (or dilutes a famous mark), may be legally actionable.

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    Default Re: Use of Book Title

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    How do I find out if my title is already being used?
    Used by whom and for what? If you're saying you want to write a book called, This Is My Book and want to know if other books have been published with the same title, all you need do is run some google searches or search at sites like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


    Quote Quoting Prophetess
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    Also if so do I have to change my title?
    Probably not, but it depends on what the title is and the subject of the book. It would take very little effort to find titles that have been used for multiple books.

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