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Here's a book about copyright for written works. It is for the entire universe of people who deal with the written word.
This book has two parts:
Not everyone will want to read the whole book. Which parts you do want to read will of course depend on why you bought the book.
Most of you bought the book for one of these three reasons:
Assuming you fall into one of these three categories, here is how you can make best use of this book.
If you just want to know how to place a valid copyright notice on your work (that's the © followed by a date and name you usually see on published works) read Chapter 3, Copyright Notice. Placing a valid copyright notice on your work will make it easier to enforce your copyright.
If you want to register your work with the Copyright Office, refer to Chapter 4, Copyright Registration, for a step-by-step explanation. You'll find all the registration forms you need on the CD-ROM or in the tear-out appendix at the end of the book. You will obtain important benefits by registering your work after it is published.
If you have a specific question or problem, start with the table of contents at the front of the book. For example, suppose you want to know whether you need permission to use a quotation from Abraham Lincoln that you found in a recent Civil War history. By scanning the table of contents you would discover Chapter 11, Using Other Authors' Words -- probably the place to start. And by examining the section headings under Chapter 11, you would find that Section A is the place to start reading.
If you didn't find what you were looking for in the table of contents, you could use the index at the back of the book and search under such terms as "quotations" and "public domain."
If you simply want to learn more about copyright, read Chapter 2, Copyright Basics, and then read as much of Chapters 5 through 14 as you wish. You can skip Chapters 3 and 4, since these chapters are intended for people who want to take specific steps to obtain maximum copyright protection for a written work.
This book only covers copyright for written works. This means it is not about:
For a detailed discussion of idea protection, see Nondisclosure Agreements: Protect Your Trade Secrets & More, by Richard Stim and Stephen Fishman (Nolo).
In this edition, we introduce some new topics and we address significant changes in copyright law including:
|1. How to Use This Book|
|2. Copyright Basics|
|3. Copyright Notice|
|4. Copyright Registration|
|5. Correcting or Changing Copyright Notice or Registration|
|6. What Copyright Protects|
|7. Adaptions and Compilations|
|8. Initial Copyright Ownership|
|9. Transferring Copyright Ownership|
|10. Copyright Duration|
|11. Using Other Authors' Words|
|12. Copyright Infringement:|
|13. International Copyright Protection|
|14. Copyright in the Online World, Electronic Publishing and Multimedia|
|15. Help Beyond This Book|
|Appendix I Sample Forms|
|Appendix II How to Use the Forms Disk|
|Appendix III Blank Forms|