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11 Copy and Paste Copyright Page Disclaimers

11 Copy and Paste Copyright Page Disclaimers

You’ve done it. You’ve finally done it. You finished that eBook that you’ve been working on and now you are figuring out what’s next. A small section that many self-publishers don’t think they need, or simply forget about is the disclaimer.

Most books have them (as well as websites, CDs, and more) and you will want to include one as well. (Read: You will want to include a disclaimer!)

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Self-publishers often do not have the means of hiring an attorney to write this short section, but that is the safest way to protect yourself from lawsuits. However, many will look around other books similar to their own and reword their disclaimer. If you choose this route, it’s best to look at books published by the traditional (large) publishing houses. They typically will have a law department or legal staff who writes their disclaimers.

What is a disclaimer?

A disclaimer is typically a statement saying that you may not be held liable, or responsible, for anything based on what you wrote (or said). Basically disclaimers are meant to help avoid unnecessary lawsuits and protect the author.

TDH Disclaimer: We are not lawyers. To ensure you are protected by local laws in your country you should talk to a licensed attorney before using any of the following disclaimers.

Disclaimers for eBooks

Typically a disclaimer is found on the Copyright page within eBooks. The majority of books, including eBooks, have this located in the beginning section of the book. The type of disclaimer needed will differ based on the type of book. For example, a fictional eBook probably won’t need a ‘seed medical advice before reading this book’ type of disclaimer as it will not be offering health advice.

General Disclaimers

A general disclaimer is good practice to inform the reader(s) what they may and may not do with the eBook.

This is a free eBook. You are free to give it away (in unmodified form) to whomever you wish.
No part of this eBook may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author.
The information provided within this eBook is for general informational purposes only. While we try to keep the information up-to-date and correct, there are no representations or warranties, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in this eBook for any purpose. Any use of this information is at your own risk.
The methods describe within this eBook are the author’s personal thoughts. They are not intended to be a definitive set of instructions for this project. You may discover there are other methods and materials to accomplish the same end result.

Fictional Stories and Novels

If your eBook is fictional, then you will want to include a disclaimer regarding names and descriptions of people to protect the privacy of others.

Names and persons in this eBook are entirely fictional. They bear no resemblance to anyone living or dead.
To protect the privacy of certain individuals the names and identifying details have been changed.
This is a work of fiction. Any names or characters, businesses or places, events or incidents, are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Medical or Health Related

If your eBook is health related, then you will want to include a disclaimer stating the reader should seek advice from a medical professional before attempting anything in the book.

This eBook contains information that is intended to help the readers be better informed consumers of health care. It is presented as general advice on health care. Always consult your doctor for your individual needs.
Before beginning any new exercise program it is recommended that you seek medical advice from your personal physician.
This book is not intended to be a substitute for the medical advice of a licensed physician. The reader should consult with their doctor in any matters relating to his/her health.

Business, Advice and Making Money Related

If your eBook contains business strategies or steps to make money, then you will want to include a disclaimer that states you make no guarantees that the reader will achieve the same results.

The information contained within this eBook is strictly for educational purposes. If you wish to apply ideas contained in this eBook, you are taking full responsibility for your actions.
The author has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information within this book was correct at time of publication. The author does not assume and hereby disclaims any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from accident, negligence, or any other cause.


And there you have it. Several copy and paste copyright page disclaimers you can use within your eBooks to let readers know what they are allowed to do with the eBook. It’s a way to protect yourself and your content. You may, or may not, be surprised to learn that some people would believe that by paying for the eBook they get the rights to do what they want with it. That’s why disclaimers are so important.

(Remember we are not lawyers, so please talk to a licensed professional before using any of the disclaimers listed here.)

By the way, did you notice there are actually 12 disclaimers in this post? (Tip: It’s usually best to go above and beyond on your website.)


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About Brianne

Born and raised in Orange County, California, I am definitely a "summer" girl at heart. Today I am a full-time mother to a rambunctious two-year old living in a RV. Together Branndon and I are learning how to become financial and location independent.

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  1. Brianne

    RT @TheDgtalHippies: 11 Copy and Paste Copyright Page Disclaimers – #thedigitalhippies

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