Generally, book titles are not protected by copyright because they are classified as “short slogans” by the U.S. Copyright Office. Essentially, they don’t want to restrict titles that may be just as effective in a different book.
Other things you can’t copyright:
- Recipe formula
- Names of products or services
- Names of businesses, organization, or groups
- Catchwords or catchphrases
- Pen names or stage names
It’s certainly understandable that you’d have more questions about things to look out for. For some additional information about infringement, check out: What You Need to Report Copyright Infringement
If you have additional questions, you may want to talk to a copyright attorney. LawTrades is happy to connect you with a seasoned and fully vetted freelance attorney. Check out our website and let us know if we can help!