My publishers have my book copyright protected but NOT copyright registered.
So why bother to register it?
"If you choose not to register the copyright of your published book with the U.S. Copyright Office or the Copyright Office in your country, you may be limited in the damages that could be awarded in court if there is a copyright violation." (SirenBookStrand).
Copyright has two main purposes, namely the protection of the author’s right to obtain commercial benefit from valuable work, and more recently the protection of the author’s general right to control how a work is used.
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.
The United States has copyright relations with most countries throughout the world, and as a result of these agreements, we honor each other's citizens' copyrights. However, the United States does not have such copyright relationships with every country. If you want to check if your country is included use this link. International Copyright Relations.
In Australia, copyright law is set out in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). This is federal legislation, and applies throughout Australia. The Commonwealth Attorney-General administers Australian copyright law.
Although the Copyright Act dates from 1968, it sets out how copyright applies for material created both before and after that date. The Copyright Act has been regularly amended since 1968, to bring it up to date with evolving technologies and concerns.
Copyright protection is free and automatic from the time a work is first written down or recorded in some way. You do not apply for copyright in Australia, and there is no system of registration here. Nor are there any forms to fill in, or fees to be paid.
You do not need to publish your work, put a copyright notice on it, or do anything else before your work is covered by copyright in Australia.
So why did I bother to register my work if I live and am an Aussie citizen? Mainly for peace of mind. It was not expensive - $35, it means I am covered in most countries of the world. It is easier to prove my case should my work be violated.
It was easy to do and there is the option to create a template so additional works can be entered easily.
Thanks to Wiki for the following information:
If your country is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works—and that covers most countries in the world—then your work is protected from the moment you create it in a format that is "perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device."