Early in their careers, writers sometimes sign away valuable rights under less than favorable terms. This article discusses the important right of termination under US copyright law, which allows writers to reclaim such rights in their works and to try to make a better deal.
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Many writers have heard of the “DMCA takedown notice” but not everyone understands what it is. In this post, I’ll try to explain the basics and give you some ideas about how to use the tool to protect your rights and how to respond if you’re on the receiving end of one that you consider to be without merit.
Writers are sometimes confused by the “registration” requirement under the US copyright laws. In this post, I hope to clear up the concept and help you decide whether copyright registration makes sense for you.
Today’s guest post by multi-published author Doranna Durgin is about a publisher behaving badly.
More than that, however, it highlights something that every writer signing a publishing contract needs to be aware of: the importance of reversion clauses…
SFWA members with Spanish language editions may want to check out this Web site: http://book0dd.blogspot.com/ Which is offering quite a large number of books for download. We’ve verified that the site is offering what looks like homemade OCR’d versions of some of our members books plus many additional SF and Fantasy titles. If you find […]
Determining when work passes into the public domain is tricky. There are resources online that can help.
This sample DMCA form generates an email which authors may use as a model when sending a DMCA notice to a site infringing upon their copyrighted material.
The website http://reading.kicks-ass.net/ contains a significant amount of material that is recognizably copyrighted by our members. Often sites which post material without permission are outside the United States and governed by different copyright rules. In this instance the hosting company’s policy explicitly prohibits distribution of copyrighted materials. Legally, DMCA notices must come from the […]
At World Fantasy there was a one-hour panel on the Google Book Settlement with Russell Davis, Karen Wester Newton, Charles Petit, Jay Lake, Christopher Kastensmidt, and Dan Gamber moderating. This is a podcast of the full panel discussion.
Copyright, literally, is “the right to copy.” It guarantees the authors of creative works–including books, artworks, films, recordings, photographs–the exclusive right for a set period of time to allow other people to copy and distribute the work, by whatever means and in whatever media currently exist. It also prohibits copying and distributing without the author’s permission. You own copyright by law, automatically, as soon your work is fixed in tangible form–i.e., the minute you write down the words.