By Mariah For every JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, there are hundreds of aspiring authors trying to write their book and get it published. If you are one of the lucky ones who has managed to finish your book and you are getting ready to send it out, whether it is through publishers or self-publishing, you need to start looking into protecting your hard work from people who will … [Read more...] about Guest Post: How Can I Protect My Novel from Copycats?
By Josh T. In the United States, a writer’s work is automatically copyrighted under their ownership once it’s in consumable form. The copyright lasts as long as the writer is alive and 70 years after their death whether it’s published or not, which is more than enough to establish someone’s claim to a work. What happens with a writer’s intellectual property after they’re … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Can Copyrights Be Inherited?
By Alisa Korzh Alisa Korzh is a marketer and copywriter for Unplag, a site that checks for plagiarism online. Below she covers the basics of copyright. Writers and publishers work with texts on a daily basis, but not everyone knows a lot about copyright. There is undeniably a whole host of myths around copyright issues. That’s why misunderstandings happen. There are a few … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Keep Calm, Your Authorship is Protected: What Publishers and Authors Should Know About Copyright and Plagiarism
As an indie author, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. In addition to all the things that go along with being a writer (writing, editing, etc.), authors have to be aware of all the business and legal sides. Forming an LLC Indie authors tend to work more like a business, and for good reason. According to Scott De Buitléir on The Huffington Post, writers … [Read more...] about Indie Authors: Legal Considerations
By Valley Brown - author of Speeding Tickets Piracy can be a serious issue for indie authors of ebooks. Valley Brown explains her personal experiences with digital piracy, and what she did to fight it. The Internet is a vast ocean swarming with pirates. So I had been warned by any number of publishing professionals and experienced authors. Being a newbie author with an … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Piracy on the High Ether
This month I've started working seriously on my passion project, I Know Dino. One of my goals is to get a few dinosaur ebooks out, starting with a picture book I've been working on for a while about how Brontosaurus is not a real dinosaur (even though it used to be my favorite). Last weekend, I found an amazing illustrator on Fiverr and have started work on actually … [Read more...] about Indie Authors: Book Rights
By Ron Glick This post was originally published on http://godslayercycle.wordpress.com/. Ron Glick, an indie author of 9 comic trivia books and 5 novels, shares his insights and experiences with intellectual property. Read his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass. In recent months, the subject of intellectual property rights has become a very big issue for me … [Read more...] about Intellectual Property and the Indie Writer
Self-publishing can be a challenge. To do it successfully, you basically run the business of you. Below are some additional things, aside from the writing, editing, marketing, and conversion, to keep in mind. … [Read more...] about Other Self-Publishing Tips
Learning about publishing law may be a lot of work, but it sure is entertaining. In my last class, we discussed a couple of particularly interesting cases, one of which involves the video you see above. South Park is no stranger to lawsuits. But their most recent one concerns copyright infringement upon a hit YouTube video from 2007. In 2008, South Park released an episode … [Read more...] about Fun(ny) Copyright Cases
In Scandanavia, readers and libraries want more e-books and are getting e-books from other countries. But publishers distrust libraries, thinking they help piracy, and they are facing a dilemma with pricing and copyright protection. SCANDINAVIA: e-Book market uncertainty Even though there's a lot of news about more schools using e-textbooks, a recent study shows that … [Read more...] about 12/12/10: This Week in Publishing
No that has nothing to do with publishing law. But it was the sign in the bathroom at HBO, where I had my class, and I thought it was kind of funny. And I do love a good sign. Anyway, this week we had a guest speaker: Rick Kurnit. He is an attorney at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, and he is incredibly knowledgeable. But rather than recite my ten pages or so of notes, … [Read more...] about Publishing and Law: Marketing