While copyright law and trademark issues are not our first choice for exciting dinner conversation, being informed about our creative ownership rights as writers and creative producers is important. This week we dive into the nuances of claiming work as a writer.
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Business lawyer, Helen Sedwick, outlines detailed, helpful answers to eleven frequently asked questions about copyright.
By Helen Sedwick
Matt Knight, of Sidebar Saturdays, takes us on a deep dive on trademarking for authors. (We know….we know… lots of fun!) Learn about claiming and protecting your work on Matt’s blog, with everything from freelance writing contracts to correctly using disclaimers.
By Matt Knight of Sidebar Saturdays
One of the most confusing aspects of trademarking your work is that typically book titles cannot be trademarked; however, there are exceptions to the rule. Small Business Bodyguard offers an explanation for how you can use a trademark on a book title to further develop a wider brand.
Published by Small Business Bodyguard
This helpful article by Valerie Peterson of The Balance Careers, explains key components of book rights and royalties under traditional publishing. It is important to consider the profitability of your book before you sign your rights over to a publisher.
By Valerie Peterson of The Balance Careers
As writers, you know that stories are often the best way to convey concepts. Since trademarking isn’t necessarily the most riveting, we share this colorful account of a recent trademarking fiasco. Lots of lessons in here!
Published by Electronic Frontier Foundation