The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know / Edition 10

The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know / Edition 10

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by Stephen Fishman

ISBN-10: 1413308937

ISBN-13: 9781413308938

Pub. Date: 10/04/2008

Publisher: NOLO

Protect your written works, easily and legally!

In the Information Age, writers need to take steps to protect their hard work. Fortunately, The Copyright Handbook provides everything you need to get the job done.

Inside, you'll find the information and forms you need to protect all types of written expression under copyright law. Let The Copyright


Protect your written works, easily and legally!

In the Information Age, writers need to take steps to protect their hard work. Fortunately, The Copyright Handbook provides everything you need to get the job done.

Inside, you'll find the information and forms you need to protect all types of written expression under copyright law. Let The Copyright Handbook show you how to:

  • register your work
  • maximize copyright protection
  • use a copyright notice
  • transfer ownership of copyright
  • avoid infringement
  • deal with infringers
  • understand the "fair use" rule
  • get permission to use copyrighted work
  • profit from your copyright
  • and much more

    The 9th edition, completely updated to provide the latest case law and copyright regulations, now covers Internet works such as blogs. The CD-ROM provides over 30 up-to-date legal and copyright forms.

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    Table of Contents

    1.  How to Use This Book
    How This Book Is Organized
    Which Parts of This Book You Should Read
    What This Book Is Not About
    Icons Used Throughout the Book

    2.  Copyright Basics
    Why Have a Copyright Law?
    What Is Copyright?
    How Is a Copyright Created and Protected?
    What Copyright Protects
    Limitations on Copyright Protection
    Copyright Ownership and Transfer of Ownership
    How Long a Copyright Lasts
    Copyright Infringement
    Other Protections for Intellectual Property

    3.  Copyright Notice Introduction When Copyright Notice Is Required
    Why Provide a Copyright Notice on Published Works?
    When to Provide Notice
    Form of Notice
    Notice on Compilations and Adaptations
    Book Dust Jackets
    Multimedia Works
    Where to Place Copyright Notice
    Other Information Near Notice
    Copyright Notice on Unpublished Manuscripts

    4.  Copyright Registration
    What Is Copyright Registration?
    Why Register?
    What Can and Should Be Registered
    Who Can Register?
    Registration as a Single Unit
    Registering Derivative Works and Compilations
    Four-Step Registration Process
    Selecting the Appropriate Registration Form
    How to Complete Form TX
    How to Complete Form PA
    Registering Newspapers, Magazines, Newsletters, and Other Periodicals:
    Form SE, Short Form SE, Form SE/Group, Form G/DN
    Registering a Group of Contributions to Periodicals: Form GR/CP
    Satisfying Copyright Office Deposit Requirements
    Sending Your Application to the Copyright Office
    Expedited Registration
    Preregistration of Unpublished Works
    Dealing With the Copyright Office
    Full-Term Retention of Deposits and Other Ways to Preserve Deposits
    Correcting Errors After Registration Is Completed

    5.  Correcting or Changing Copyright Notice or Registration

    Part I: Dealing With Errors or Omissions in Copyright Notice
    Works Published After March 1, 1989
    Copies Published Between January 1, 1978 and February 28, 1989
    Works Published Before 1978
    Types of Errors or Omissions That Invalidate a Copyright Notice

    Part II: Dealing With Errors or Changes Affecting Copyright Registration:
    Supplemental Registration
    Why a Supplemental Registration Should Be Filed (When Appropriate)
    When Supplemental Registration Is Not Appropriate
    Supplemental Registration Procedure
    Effect of Supplemental Registration

    6.  What Copyright Protects
    What Copyright Protects: Tangible, Original Expression
    What Copyright Does Not Protect: The Boundaries of the Public Domain
    Distinguishing Between Protected Expression and Material in the Public
    Domain: Putting It All Together
    7.  Adaptations and Compilations Derivative Works Compilations
    8.  Initial Copyright Ownership
    Independent Authorship by an Individual
    Works Made for Hire
    Jointly Authored Works

    9.  Transferring Copyright Ownership
    How Copyright Ownership Rights Are Transferred to Others
    Rights Retained by Author After Transfer
    Copyright Transfers Between Freelance Writers and Magazines and Other Periodicals
    Copyright Transfers Between Writers and Book Publishers
    Transfer Documents
    Marriage, Divorce, and Copyright Ownership
    Recording Copyright Transfers With the Copyright Office

    10.  Copyright Duration Works Created During or After 1978 End of Calendar Year Rule
    Works Created but Not Published or Registered Before January 1, 1978 Works Published or
    Registered Before January 1, 1978 Special Rules for Works First Published Abroad Before 1978
    Duration of Copyright in Adaptations (Derivative Works)
    Termination of Transfers of Renewal Term Rights in -Pre-?1978 Works

    11.  Using Other Authors' Words
    Introduction to the Fair Use Privilege
    When Is a Use a Fair Use?
    Fair Use and the Photocopy Machine
    Copying by Libraries and Archives
    Other Fair Uses

    12.  Copyright Infringement: What It Is, What to Do About It, How to Avoid It What Is Copyright Infringement?
    How to Know Whether You Have a Valid Infringement Claim
    When Copying Protected Expression Is Excused
    Self-Help Remedies for Copyright Infringement
    Overview of Copyright Infringement Lawsuits
    What You Can Get If You Win: Remedies for Copyright Infringement
    What to Do If You're Accused of Infringement

    13.  International Copyright Protection
    International Protection for U. S.  Citizens and Nationals
    Protection in the U. S.  for Non?U. S.  Citizens
    Copyright Protection in Canada
    Marketing Your Work in Foreign Countries

    14.  Copyright in the Online World, Electronic Publishing, and Multimedia
    What's Available Online
    What Online Materials Qualify for Copyright
    Rights Enjoyed by Copyright Owners Online
    How Copyright Protects Different Types of Online Works
    Copyright Infringement Online
    Copyright Formalities: Notice and Registration
    Electronic Publishing and Ownership of Electronic Rights
    Multimedia Works
    Electronic Databases

    15.  Copyright and Taxation Writers' Income Tax Deductions Taxation of Copyright Income
    16.  Obtaining Copyright Permissions
    Who Owns the Text?
    Start With Online Permission Services
    Locate the Publisher
    Contact the Author
    Special Situations
    When You Can't Find the Rights Holder
    Negotiating Text Permission and Fees

    17.  Help Beyond This Book
    Intensive Background Resources
    Primary Source Materials on Copyright
    Finding a Copyright Lawyer

    Appendix A.  Sample Forms
    1.  Single unpublished work (a novel); single author
    2.  Single published work; single author; photos registered separately by photographer
    3.  Single published work; five joint authors; publisher acquired all copyrights
    4.  Single work made for hire; previously published under another title and revised; a derivative work
    5.  Published book; derivative work based on previously published article; joint authors: one the author of the text, the other the photographer; text and photos registered together as a single unit of publication
    6.  Single published work; publisher acquired all rights in text; text and work for hire cover art and copy registered together as a single unit of publication
    7.  Published compilation (anthology); publisher registers for the authors
    8.  Single author; contribution to collective work
    9.  Group of contributions to periodicals in a 12-month period; a single author
    10.  Original screenplay by a single author
    11.  Unpublished song lyric; single author
    12.  Three monthly issues of a monthly magazine registered as a group on Form SE/Group
    13.  Single magazine issue
    14.  Single issue of a magazine published three times a year; single author; not a work made for hire

    Appendix B.  How to Use the CD-ROM
    A.  Installing the Form Files Onto Your Computer
    B.  Using the Word Processing Files to Create Documents
    C.  Using United States Copyright Office Forms

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