Guest Post: Can Copyrights Be Inherited?

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 …

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Legal Considerations for Authors

For writers and publishers, there are a lot of interesting things to consider when it comes to the law. For writers looking to go the traditionally published route, there's a lot to keep in mind contract-wise, including, according to Kristine Kathryn Rusch, control, fairness, and clout. She explains that you want as much control over your …

Indie Authors: Book Rights

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 …

Intellectual Property and the Indie Writer

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 personally. …

Basics of Licensing

The legal aspects of publishing fascinate me. Sure, they're complicated and hard to understand at first, but it's interesting to learn what you can and can't do. Licensing is a very lucrative aspect of publishing. I don't really think of licensing when I think of publishing, but some companies, such as IDW Publishing, Bendon Publishing …

Fun(ny) Copyright Cases

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 …