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Today, at 5 PM Eastern Time (2 PM Pacific), I’ll be giving a presentation called Protecting Your Rights and Your Wallet. I’ll discuss copyrights and how to protect them from ‘theft by contract.’ My goal is help writers spot overreaching… Read the rest “Join Me Today at the Non-Fiction Writers Online Conference”
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”
Content theft is big business, whether it’s illegally downloading movies or reposting blog posts without attribution. Every month Google receives more than 30 million requests to remove search results that link to allegedly infringing material. Thirty million a month!
Sooner… Read the rest “Step-by-Step Guide to Dealing With Content Theft”
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”
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”
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”
Voila! My Certificate of Registration for my blog content!
Some people say it can’t be done—registering the copyright in a blog. It can, if you understand the quirks of the US Copyright Office.
I explained those quirks in September 2014… Read the rest “How to Register Your Blog with the US Copyright Office”
Readers send me the most interesting questions, many of which I need to sit back and consider. I enjoy these questions and want to share them. I figure many writers have similar questions.
Here are some of my favorites:
… Read the rest “Who Owns Love Letters and Other Questions”
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?”
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”