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Suppose you find the perfect image for your book cover on the internet—a plucky redhead with a perfect pout. Even better, the photo is available under a Creative Commons attribution-only license that permits commercial use. What a money saver!
But… Read the rest “How to Use Images of Real People Without Violating Privacy and Publicity Rights”
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”
UPDATE, OCTOBER 18, 2015: Today, I checked the websites for IUniverse and AuthorHouse to see whether they had made any changes to their form of publishing agreement. Yes, they have. While their old form gave them the right to continue
… Read the rest “Welcome to the Hotel Author Solutions”
Creative Commons is one of the best innovations to grow out of global interconnectivity.
Under copyright law, rights to use copyrighted materials are granted on a one-by-one basis. Traditional copyright law does not provide a practical way to permit wide-ranging… Read the rest “Creative Commons: A Blogger’s Gold Mine”
Your words are your creation, your identity, and your currency, and scam artists will try to steal them from you. They’ll hand you a contract and claim “it’s standard. Everyone signs it.”
Don’t believe them. Every contract is negotiable, especially… Read the rest “Five Contract Terms Every Writer Should Know”
1. Who owns a copyright?
As soon as you put an idea into a fixed form, whether on a pad of paper, a hard drive, a smart phone or a recording device, you own the copyright in that creation. Your… Read the rest “11 Things Every Writer Should Know About Copyrights”