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Answering Questions About Copyright

I love my readers. Not because they buy my books. I like that. I love my readers because they ask interesting questions. I read your emails, sit back and give an audible hmmmm. Your questions challenge me to take… Read the rest “Answering Questions About Copyright”

The Problem of Orphan Works

Last week, I had lunch with a writer who is deep into revising her memoir. She showed me a stack of photos from her years in summer stock theater and Off-Off-Broadway plays. She told me how important they were to… Read the rest “The Problem of Orphan Works”

How to Handle Unauthorized Use of Your Blog Content

If you are putting blog content on the internet, then at some point you will have to decide whether to lock up your content and give it away. Some bloggers protect all their work. They post a copyright notice on… Read the rest “How to Handle Unauthorized Use of Your Blog Content”

Law 101 for Bloggers

Today’s writers wear many hats. We are Tweeters, Pinteresters, YouTube-ists and most of all, bloggers. Maybe we have heard about privacy policies and COPPA, but we don’t know whether they apply to us. After all, we are not challenging Wall… Read the rest “Law 101 for Bloggers”

Sources of Public Domain Lyrics

My recent post on Joel Friedlander’s TheBookDesigner.com about getting permission to use lyrics has been a big hit. But a few writers have asked me for sources of public domain lyrics. I have a list below. But first, a little… Read the rest “Sources of Public Domain Lyrics”

What do Shakespeare and Jane Austen have in common?

Their works have spawned countless remakes and retellings. Stately manor houses have been transformed into zombies hideouts. Characters have been transported to New York tenements. Star Trek’s Klingons recite Hamlet’s soliloquies. And since Shakespeare and Austen’s works are in the… Read the rest “What do Shakespeare and Jane Austen have in common?”

How to Get Permission to Use Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer

You have probably heard the old joke, What do you call 1000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start. Okay, that’s unfair (unless, of course, I get to choose which lawyers), but I do think there are… Read the rest “How to Get Permission to Use Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer”

From Astronauts to Van Goghs: Little Known Sources for Public Domain Images

Looking for a photograph of a bull elk? Or a 1890s baseball card? Or a space shot from the Apollo moon launch? Perhaps you have searched Creative Commons images and haven’t found exactly what you want. And you don’t want… Read the rest “From Astronauts to Van Goghs: Little Known Sources for Public Domain Images”

Is it Public Domain or isn’t it?

True or False: If an image, poem, essay or short story is posted on the internet, it’s in the public domain and anyone can use it. False, but so many people seem to forget that, especially with images. What works Read the rest “Is it Public Domain or isn’t it?”

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