When you write about real, live people you can expose yourself to legal liability in multiple ways. And simply changing the names is no solution if the person can be identified by circumstances, appearance, or setting. There are essentially three types of “real persons” protected by the law — living ordinary people; living public figures … Continue reading Real People in Novels
Q. When do I need permission to use someone else’s material, such as song lyrics or poetry, in my novel? A. The answer is simple: whenever the failure to seek permission will result in copyright infringement. Since 1976,U.S.copyright is automatic when an original work — text, art, photos or music — is created and fixed … Continue reading Q&A: Permissions
Many authors market their services under a trade name or use websites to display, market and sell their work. Some novelists use pen names or pseudonyms. What all these writers have in common is the need to protect the goodwill and value of their most valuable asset: their business name. To accomplish this, writers must … Continue reading Do You Need A Trademark?
What Is Copyright? Copyright is a form of protection given to the authors of original works, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Copyright protection is provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) and most other countries, and is available both to published and unpublished works. Section 106 … Continue reading Copyright Basics