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Copyright dates in books
« on: 11-21-17 at 07:14 pm »

I have a question about publishing and copyrights dates.
I published a book last year. The book is a guidebook for hiking a specific trail.
Each year the guidebook gets republished as a new book because there are many changes to the hiking trail that are different from the year before.
I will be publishing the book again this year.
Last year on the inside I put the following statement.
“Copyright 2017 My Name. All rights reserved.”
When I reprint the book again this year, what date do I use? Do I keep the same date of 2017 or should it be 2018?

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Re: Copyright dates in books
« Reply #1 on: 11-21-17 at 08:18 pm »

The new, updated edition is a derivative work, based on the original work.  As such, it is protected by its own copyright.

However, the copyright of the original work still applies to the derivative work.  So you actually have two copyrights.

I've usually seen it written like this:

“Copyright 2017, 2018 My Name. All rights reserved.”
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