DISCLAIMER: I am not an attorney. This article does not offer legal advice. It offers some practical insights from someone who assists writers in identifying and resolving copyright issues. US copyright law is complex and often confusing. This article highlights some of the basics of US copyright law that every writer should understand, preferably BEFORE […]
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Wikipedia a springboard, not a crutch
We often encounter client work that, in our eyes, relies too heavily on Wikipedia. Some “borrowers” copy Wikipedia content into their work without understanding the responsibilities and the consequences of such heavy borrowing. Authors, bloggers, and contributors to articles, books, and blogs are responsible for the intellectual property in their work. It is important to be aware of […]
Derivatives – Build on Another&...
Derivatives must be transformative U.S. Copyright Law is all about protecting creators’ works in order to offer incentive to these creators so that they keep on producing works for the good of society. So it seems that building on an existing work such as a play, poem, song, or film would be blessed in the eyes […]
Fair Use or No Fair: Copyright Compli...
Fair use should not be assumed. From time to time I am asked about the necessity of clearing rights for copyrighted and trademarked materials used in presentations. A common misconception is that a talk using images and quotes always falls into the fair use category, which is outside the world where copyrights rule. Not so. […]