Book Title:

Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know (Paperback)
by Stephen Fishman

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Book Description

Protect your written works, easily and legally!

In the Information Age, writers need to take steps to protect their hard work. Fortunately, The Copyright Handbook provides everything you need to get the job done.

Inside, you’ll find the information and forms you need to protect all types of written expression under copyright law. Let The Copyright Handbook show you how to:

  • register your work
  • maximize copyright protection
  • use a copyright notice
  • transfer ownership of copyright
  • avoid infringement
  • deal with infringers
  • understand the “fair use” rule
  • get permission to use copyrighted work
  • profit from your copyright -and much more

The 9th edition, completely updated to provide the latest case law and copyright regulations, now covers Internet works such as blogs. The CD-ROM provides over 30 up-to-date legal and copyright forms.


RTF Format Work Made for Hire Agreement Copyright Assignment Collaboration Agreement Copyright License Counter-Notification in Response to Claim of Copyright Infringement Work for Hire Letter Agreement Notice of Claimed Copyright Infringement Copyright Permission Request Search Request Form Text Permission Agreement Text Permission Letter Agreement

PDF Format Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act Copyright Act Form CA Form CON Document Cover Sheet Form GATT/CON Form GATT Form G/DN Form GR/CP Form PA Short Form PA Form SE Form SE/Group Short Form SE Form TX Short Form TX Form VA Short Form VA Form NLA Form NLA/CON

Copyright law is a complex field, and it’s crucial for writers to understand what’s entailed. Stephen Fishman covers what a copyright is, how it’s created and protected, limitations and transfer of ownership, how long it lasts, and what copyright infringement is all about. There are chapters on copyright registration, copyright notice, and how to deal with errors or omissions. Fishman also wades into the issues of derivative works and compilations, works for hire, and jointly authored works. He also tackles the confusion of copyrights in the online world of electronic publishing; the book is worth its price for this chapter alone. The appendix contains a variety of sample forms and blank forms and a PC-formatted disk of the same material.

About the Author

Stephen Fishman is the author of many Nolo books, most recently Tax Deductions for Professionals. Other titles include Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide and Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn-plus many other legal and business books. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1979. After time in government and private practice, he became a full-time legal writer in 1983.