Legal Considerations for Authors

By Sachinwarankar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Sachinwarankar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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 project as possible, though some contracts may not allow for negotiation, so you’ll have to ask yourself if that contract is something you really want. Also, things will not always be fair, but you don’t need clout to negotiate, you just need to get past the idea that you need a certain level of success before you can negotiate and just go for it. The worst thing that can happen is the person you’re negotiating with can say “no.” Continue reading

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Privacy in the Digital World

A couple years ago, there were a lot of articles being shared online about how ereaders/tablets were “watching” their readers. In the digital age, privacy is a legitimate concern. In addition to hackers, companies collect and track data from their users/customers, and there’s also concerns over how much the government sees.

There’s definitely a trade-off between convenience and privacy. And over the last few years, it’s sparked a lot of interesting debate and conversation. In particular, there’s been a lot of talk over how to protect the privacy of minors.

In 2013, California made a law that anyone under 18 had the right to delete things they said online. DBW also reported that teens took matters into their own hands and avoided or uninstalled certain apps due to privacy concerns. (Though teens are very savvy about social media and protecting their privacy.)

There are also new concerns over how to protect the privacy of the deceased. Sometimes if you don’t know the passwords to social media accounts, it can be tricky to deactivate accounts. The Next Web, however, offers a helpful guide.

For people who may be concerned about who knows what they read digitally, Eric Hellman wrote up a post on which research journals let their ad networks collect data about their readers. Electronic Frontier Foundation also created a detailed ereader privacy chart, sharing exactly what information companies collect (though it is from 2012, and may be a bit outdated).

Have you encountered any issues with reading digitally? Please share in the comments!