A few weeks ago when we first published our post on understanding the basics of copyright, some of you had questions regarding fair use and other issues that we briefly touched on. For today’s post, we thought we’d direct you all to some other resources that might be useful to you as authors, self publishers, and even bloggers.
In addition to being a close friend to BookWorks, Joel Friedlander is a great book designer who really knows what he’s talking about. For this post, he asked guest writer and expert Sara Hawkins of Blog Law to break down some of the biggest legal challenges you might face as a self-publisher, including what to do when using brand names and trademarks in your writing.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is donor-funded nonprofit organization that lobbies and fights legal battles against internet copyright legislation that dampens free speech. Their legal guide is great for blogging in particular, as regulations against blogs can sometimes be more lenient than they are for published works. Take it from us — it can hard to switch back and forth sometimes between writing in “blog” mode and “published” mode, so it’s good to know the legal guidelines for both!
This interview with intellectual property rights lawyer Paul Rapp goes over some of the issues facing self-publishers, particularly the role of fair use and what can and can’t be protected it.
Hopefully these resources will be able to answer more of your questions! If not, let us know in the comments and we’ll try to help further.