Cambridge, MA asked in Copyright for Massachusetts

Q: Can I copyright a book under a pseudonym without having to give my real name?

I want to copyright my book. But I’ve written it under a pseudonym because I don’t want people know I wrote the book. Is there a way to do this without giving my true information? Maybe get a P.O. Box under the pseudonym?

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Steve Charles Vondran
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A: Registering copyright for a book written under a pseudonym can be done without using a real name. The copyright registration process involves submitting your work, along with other necessary materials, to the copyright office. When registering copyright under a pseudonym, the copyright form should reflect that but will also ask for contact information to provide any copyright-related correspondence. This can be an address and/or phone number and does not necessarily need to reflect the copyright holder's real name. Additionally, copyright notices in published works should indicate the author's chosen pseudonym or pen name in order to properly protect the work from any copyright infringement. This is general legal information only and not legal advice. Best of luck, Attorney Steve®

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