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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Guest Post: Keep Calm, Your Authorship is Protected: What Publishers and Authors Should Know About Copyright and Plagiarism

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 …

Indie Authors: Legal Considerations

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 …

Guest Post: Piracy on the High Ether

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 …

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. …

Other Self-Publishing Tips

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. Self-Publish Writers Group If you're struggling, or even if you're not, join a self-publishing support group. This can be an online forum, …

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 …

12/12/10: This Week in Publishing

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 …