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Copyright Companion for Writers


ISBN: 096745799-8
PAGES: 176
PRICE: $19.95 (26.95 CAN)
PUB DATE: 2007

Distributed to the trade by Independent Publishers Group

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  • What is fair use and how is it different from public domain?

  • How is a copyright created?
  • When and how should copyright be registered?
  • How is a copyrighted work protected on the Internet?
  • How is copyright protected internationally?
  • What do freelancers and songwriters need to know about copyright?

The Copyright Companion for Writers is the most up-to-date and easy-to-understand survey of copyright law written specifically with the rights of writers in mind. It includes a discussion on international issues and copyright and copyright protection in the digital age, as well as recent amendments to the Copyright Act and how those changes affect writers. It also includes over a dozen forms on CD-ROM. This is the perfect companion for every writer to take along for the ride on their creative journey to literary success.

The Copyright Companion for Writers is a comprehensive, understandable guide that discusses how copyright is created, the benefits of copyright registration, why the "mail your manuscript to yourself" theory of protecting one's copyright (a/k/a the Poor Man's Copyright) is a MYTH!, the difference between fair use and public domain, what infringement is and how to avoid it or assert your own claim, how to obtain permissions to use copyrighted works in one's own work -- like song lyrics, pictures, and quotes, how to protect copyright in the digital age, and what writers need to know about copyright protection in other countries.


"I give Tonya’s latest book five stars. Not only is it complete and easy to read and follow, but this author took the time to create an index, and there’s an accompanying CD.

The Copyright Companion for Writers is another one of those must-haves for anyone who is writing for publication." Read the full review

Patricia Fry, President of SPAWN and author of The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell your Book and How to Write a Successful Book Proposal in 8 Days or Less.

"Finally, a book that answers many of the questions and resolves some of the major misconceptions we hear about copyright every day. This will save independent authors and publishers a lot of heartache-and a lot of money!"

Jim Barnes, Independent Publisher Online

I do not know of another book that covers all of these topics in such a complete, down-to-earth and understandable fashion, and I highly recommend it for every writer's reference shelf."

Dan Poynter, The Self-Publishing Manual

"If, like me, you're usually overwhelmed and intimidated by legalese, don't worry. Tonya makes it all amazingly easy to understand and uses examples from current news items to drive home important points. Copyright Companion for Writers is a must-have for every writer's library."

Bonnie Neubauer, Write-Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing

"This book is an essential reference that no writer should be without."

Brian Jud, Beyond the Bookstore

Plus, Copyright Companion for Writers includes clear and concise explanations and examples and dozens of helpful forms printed in the book and included on CD-ROM. This is the perfect companion for every writer to take along for the ride on their creative journey to literary success.



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