Q: a book I published, the publisher charged me to get it copyrighted. Another publisher said that its illegal.
I had a book published through a publisher and they charged me to get the copyright. Then when I went to another publisher for a second book and they said the first publisher couldn't do that, that it was illegal.
A: Most likely you agreed to terms of a contract with the first publisher that enabled it to charge this, which is predatory. Registering the copyright in a book is a trivial expense (copyright office electronic filing: single author, same claimant, one work, not for hire, $45) and generally is just absorbed by a reputable publisher as an administrative expense.
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