In short, US Copyright law protects an author’s right to publish their book; promote their book; remix their book into other products; or sell the rights to publish, promote or remix the book to others. There is no such thing as a “poor man’s copyright,” because the law protects authors from the moment they write it, but if they want the full coverage of Copyright law they will need to register their book with the Copyright office within 6 months of publication.
Keep reading for a list of in-depth copyright resources.
- Copyright Basics is a downloadable PDF document by the US Copyright office that will literally give you all the information-including contact information-you need to answer your Copyright questions.
- 5 Top Legal Issues for Authors & Self-Publishers is a blog post by book publishing veteran Joel Friedlander. The post talks about avoiding copyright infringement while creating your book, and how to protect your work from infringement.
- The Difference Between Copyright and Trademark And Why You Need to Know is a blog post by an attorney who specializes in intellectual property.
- Legal Matters: Copyright Permission Forms that Can Protect You from Lawsuits. I hope the title is self-explanatory.
When it comes to copyright law, what you don’t know may hurt you down the road. So it is wise to investigate copyright law before you get into a legal situation when you absolutely need to know it.
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