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.

As always, please let us know if you find our top five newsletter useful–or if there are any topics you’d especially like for us to cover. If you have contributions of your own to make, please email us at laura@launchmybook.com.

Enjoy!

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11 Things Every Writer Should Know About Copyrights

Business lawyer, Helen Sedwick, outlines detailed, helpful answers to eleven frequently asked questions about copyright.

11 Things Every Writer Should Know About Copyrights

By Helen Sedwick

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Trademark Tips for Writers - How to Protect Your Creative Work

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.

Trademark Tips for Writers – How to Protect Your Creative Work

By Matt Knight of Sidebar Saturdays

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You Can’t Trademark Your Book Title, Except When You Can

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.

You Can’t Trademark Your Book Title, Except When You Can

Published by Small Business Bodyguard

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What are Royalties and How Do They Work

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.

What are Royalties and How Do They Work

By Valerie Peterson of The Balance Careers

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Author Trademarks the Word 'Cocky,' Earns the Ire of Romance Writers Everywhere

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!

Author Trademarks the Word ‘Cocky,’ Earns the Ire of Romance Writers Everywhere

Published by Electronic Frontier Foundation

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