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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Check out this article (written in plain non-legalese English) on the top five things writers need to know about copyright, appearing in WOW! Women on Writing latest issue. Although it's published in the issue on DIY/Self-Publishing, it's useful for writers going the traditional route of publication as well.
The topics covered are:
1. Cutting through red tape: Automatic copyright; value of registration; international copyright protection; digital rights
2. Making your mark: Copyright and trademarks for characters and fictional worlds
3. Fact or fiction: When it's fine to mention real people and real brands in your story without permission, and when it's not
4. Borrowing or Stealing (Fair Use or Infringement): When it's fine to use other people’s fictional characters and worlds in your books without permission, and when it's not
5. Share and Share Alike: Granting open access to your work through Creative Commons