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The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know

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This must-have handbook for writers and artists provides every necessary form to protect written expression under U.S. and international copyright law. With step-by-step instructions, it illustrates how to:

  • register a written work with the copyright office
  • determine what works can be protected
  • transfer ...
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Overview

This must-have handbook for writers and artists provides every necessary form to protect written expression under U.S. and international copyright law. With step-by-step instructions, it illustrates how to:

  • register a written work with the copyright office
  • determine what works can be protected
  • transfer copyright ownership
  • define and avoid infringement
  • maintain electronic publishing rights

This edition is completely updated to provide the latest case law and copyright regulations, including updates on all the latest cases and changes to copyright law and on electronic filing.

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Editorial Reviews

Writer's Market - Writer’s Market
"A thorough (and thoroughly enjoyable) discussion of the subject of copyright law as it applies to writers." Writer’s Market
From the Publisher
“Presents a lucid, jargon-free explanation of copyright laws...” Library Journal

"The Copyright Handbook will be a hit with librarians, copyright researchers, and anyone who wants to protect their work." Cheryl LaGuardia, Library Journal

Writer’s Market
"A thorough (and thoroughly enjoyable) discussion of the subject of copyright law as it applies to writers."
From The Critics
For anyone who creates written works...The Copyright Handbook is as essential as a dictionary.
Business Life
For anyone who creates written works...The Copyright Handbook is as essential as a dictionary.
Authorship
Explains the ins and outs of copyright law in plain English and provides all the forms and step-by-step instructions to register a copyright
Bob Schwabach
The Copyright Handbook...has become a standard work on the subject.
Small Business Opportunities
Don't do anything without reading Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements.... [This] book will help you understand the importance of written agreements and will show you exactly how to put your agreement together.
Writers Market
A thorough (and thoroughly enjoyable discussion of the subject of copyright law as it applies to writers.
Authorship
"Explains the ins and outs of copyright law -- in plain English -- and provides all the forms and step-by-step instructions to register a copyright..."
Business Life
For anyone who creates written works...The Copyright Handbook is as essential as a dictionary.
Writer's Market
A thorough (and thoroughly enjoyable) discussion of the subject of copyright law as it applies to writers.
Library Journal
Attorney Fishman's new handbook is a welcome addition to the copyright self-help arena. Written in an accessible and interesting style, it makes effective use of examples to clarify points and is full of good tips and useful information. Fishman concentrates on copyright protection for printed matter (e.g., books, articles, scripts, songs) and offers one of the better ``how to '' sections on copyright registration. His handbook reflects current changes in copyright law, fees, and Copyright Office phone numbers. Besides coverage of the usual copyright topics (copyright notice, infringement, fair use, works made for hire, transfer of copyright), Fishman also handles less obvious aspects (Should you put a copyright notice on material submitted to a publisher? How does ``rule of doubt'' work in copyright registration?). This is a good basic source for writers, publishers, researchers, and the public in general. Includes forms. Recommended for any collection. See also L. Ray Patterson and Stanley W. Lindberg's The Nature of Copy right, reviewed on p. 96.--Ed.-- Johanna Johnson, Dallas P.L.
Law Library Journal
"Indispensable for any writer..."
Authorship.com
Explains the ins and outs of copyright law -- in plain English -- and provides all the forms and step-by-step instructions to register a copyright...
Home Office Computing
An excellent self-help guide through the law and the registration process, including the appropriate forms.
Law Library Journal
This book contains all the usual wonderful features we have come to expect from the Nolo line...
New Orleans Times-Picayune
[A] useful legal resource for writers...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413320480
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 10/31/2014
  • Edition description: Twelfth Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 592,279
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Fishman is the author of many Nolo books, including Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide and Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn—plus many other legal and business books. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California and after time in government and private practice, became a full-time legal writer.

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Introduction

Here’s a book about copyright for written works. It is for the entire universe of people who deal with the written word.

 

Who This Book Is For

Novelists, short story writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, biographers, historians, authors of how-to books, writers of scientific and technical works and other works of nonfiction, published and unpublished authors, journalists, freelance writers, persons employed by others to create written works, persons who employ others to create written works, editors who work for magazines and book publishers, established publishers, self-publishers, librarians, teachers, and literary agents.

 

How This Book Is Organized

This book has two parts:

  • Part I (Chapters 2–4) consists of a short overview of copyright law (Chapter 2, Copyright Basics), and a “how-to” guide on copyright notice and registration with the Copyright Office.
  • Part II (Chapters 5–16) serves as your copyright resource; it discusses the most important aspects of copyright law in detail. If you are unable to find the answers to your questions in Part II, the final chapter (Chapter 17, Help Beyond This Book) tells you how to do further research on your own and, if necessary, find a copyright attorney.
Which Parts of This Book You Should Read

Not everyone will want toread 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:

  • You want to know how to satisfy the procedural requirements to obtain maximum copyright protection for a written work.
  • You have a specific copyright question or problem.
  • You want a general education about copyright law.

Assuming you fall into one of these three categories, here is how you can make best use of this book.

Readers Who Want to Know How to Satisfy the Procedural Requirements for Maximum Copyright Protection

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 at the end of the book. You will obtain important benefits by registering your work after it is published.

Readers Who Have a Specific Copyright Question

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.

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.”

People Who Want to Learn All About Copyright

If you simply want to learn more about copyright, read Chapter 2, Copyright Basics, and then read as much of Chapters 5 through 16 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.

What This Book Is Not About

This book only covers copyright for written works. This means it is not about:

  • copyright protection for music, artwork, photography, or audiovisual works; for a detailed discussion of legal protection for music, see Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business, by Richard Stim (Nolo).
  • publishing contracts—although we discuss the copyright aspects of publishing contracts, this is not a book about how to negotiate or draft contracts
  • protecting inventions—see Patent It Yourself, by David Pressman (Nolo), if you want to know about this
  • protecting computer software—see A Legal Guide to Web & Software Development, by Stephen Fishman (Nolo), if you want to know about this
  • protecting titles, logos, or slogans—these items may be protected under the federal and state trademark laws, which have nothing to do with copyright; see Trademark: Legal Care for Your Business & Product Name, by Stephen Elias (Nolo).
  • protecting ideas—copyright only protects words, not ideas. Ideas can be protected as trade secrets, which involves committing anyone who learns of the ideas to secrecy and maintaining security procedures to prevent the ideas from leaking out.
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Table of Contents

1. Copyright Basics

2. Copyright Notice

3. Copyright Registration

4. Correcting or Changing Copyright Notice or Registration

5. What Copyright Protects

6. Adaptations and Compilations

7. Initial Copyright Ownership

8. Transferring Copyright Ownership

9. Copyright Duration

10. Using Other Authors’ Words

11. Copyright Infringement: What It Is, What to Do About It, How to Avoid It

12. International Copyright Protection

13. Copyright and Taxation

14. Obtaining Copyright Permissions

15. Help Beyond This Book

Appendix: How to Use the Interactive Forms

List of Forms

Index

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    Whitney author of Love's Journey

    That was part one btw

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    To the author from he author of The Power.

    Good story i liked it.

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    To Stephanie

    That's great! I want to know what happened to Janet! Nice comments for the bad guys, by the way. But, I concur with he person who said that you shouldn'tve posted it here. It's a fun read for us, but also very susceptible to plagirism. Next time, show it to your friends and family instead! Tell them to be honest. [; -- White Rabbit Clok !_! Yeah I know I sound like a hypocrit since I posted my own story, but I don't really care about it. Whenever I try to write more than a chapter, I get stuck on how to make what needs to happen happen. So I don't really care if mine gets gipped, I wouldn't finish it anyways. Not like I want you to, though....... Yes, I use a lot of commas.

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    Fangstar of Mountainclan

    Awesome! I love it! The story is well developed, and left me wanting more. A few words were spelled incorrectly, but I do that all the time too. I am working on a story and will hopefully come out with it soon. One more thing - join Mountainclan at 'mountain cats'! Thanks! Please continue! ~ Fangstar of Mountainclan

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    Mask

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    To Author

    It's great, but there are several grammar and spelling errors. Also, you may want to rethink putting this on here. This is the perfect place for someone to commit plagiarism. I know from experience… someone took my piece of work and claimed it for their own. ~*~

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    About the story

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    It's good.

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    TO ALL FROM STEPHANIE

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