Authors. Copyright.

Authors and Copyright. The US Copyright Act grants to authors a number of rights, including the right to prevent others from using their protected content, without permission or a license. Authors are at the center of the copyright equation. Without them, there is no...

Copyright Infringement. Misappropriation. Reality TV Shows.

Copyright Infringement. Reality TV Shows. Misappropriation. “They stole my idea!”  The other day I got a call from a writer who alleged that a network stole the idea for one of his reality TV shows. He said to me, “I want to go after these guys for copyright...

Google Books. Copyright Infringement. Copyright Law. Google.

Google Books. If you are an author or publisher who took all the proper legal steps to protect your works, you should feel confident that your works can’t be used without your permission – right? Back in 2004 Google began scanning millions of books without permission...

Collaborator. Joint Ownership. Copyright.

Collaborator. Joint Ownership. Copyright. It seems like everyday, in one of my writing discussion groups, folks are looking for someone to collaborate with, on a writing project.  They want someone to help them write books, screenplays, and blogs.  The problem is...

What is Copyright Infringement. Copyright owners.

Authors of copyrightable work BEWARE.  Before you think about combining forces with another author, musician, or any collaborator—READ THIS! For years I have been telling clients that collaborative relationships can create more problems than a few. And if you choose...

Book Contracts. How to Get Published.

Book Contract. Contract Negotiations. Publishing Contract. Are you an author wanting to know “how to get published”? Do you already have a book deal? Do you have an agent? Well before you sign that agreement (even if you have an agent) you should read this. As an...