Tag: Intellectual Property

How to Ask For Permission to Use Copyrighted Material

We all know what constitutes copyright infringement—using someone else’s work without permission in a way that does not include fair use. You respect copyrights, and you want to comply with the law. But how do you use someone else’s work

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Intellectual Property Forms for Creative Artists

Have you ever heard that saying about politicians—that the reason we’re in such a mess is that those best suited for leadership are the ones that would never seek leadership for themselves? Creative artists sometimes experience a converse paradox: an

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Registering a Copyright: The Hidden Costs of Waiting

As a blogger, I like to hang around various online communities, joining the conversation and getting a feel for what people are talking about and what sort of information they’re looking for. It gives me a chance to connect and

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Copyrighting a Book: Important Information for Authors

In the book publishing world of today, copyrighting your book seems like the least of your worries—but as an author, it’s important that you understand not only your legal rights as a writer, but how to defend them. Your career

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Creative Commons Licenses

There are those out there who are worried that a Creative Commons license somehow limits your rights to your own material. But, while a Creative Commons license does give anyone who wishes to use it the legal ability to do

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The Force Is Strong With George Lucas. Usually.

George Lucas’s penchant for enforcing his intellectual property rights with an iron fist is legendary throughout the galaxy—and why should any Star Wars fan begrudge him his right to what’s his? He self-funded a significant amount of the early project, he

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