Rights of Writers
A blog about writing and the law. Also on Twitter @RightsofWriters
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Can I Use a Photograph of Scarlett Johansson on the Cover of My E-Book?
Let's say I've written a memoir that I'm planning to self-publish. And let's say I've also decided that, on my book cov...
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Can I (Successfully) Be Sued for My Scathing, Cruel, Factually Misleading (but Very Witty) Review of Your Book?
In a television appearance on the Dick Cavett Show in 1980, the novelist Mary McCarthy was asked which writers she regarded as overrated. M...
Monday, September 12, 2011
"Any Damn Fool Can Be Accurate -- and Dull": Can I Be Liable to My Readers for Lying About Myself?
In 1929, actress Joan Lowell published a memoir of her childhood entitled The Cradle of the Deep . According to The Los Angeles Time s , L...
Monday, July 4, 2011
The Unoriginal Sin: Differences Between Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
Plagiarism, which many people commonly think has to do with copyright, is not in fact a legal doctrine. True plagiarism is an ethical, not a...
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Cultivating a Healthy Loathing for "Work Made for Hire" Agreements
The "work made for hire" clause is the bete noire of freelance writers. While the clause is frequently very unfair to authors, it...
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Agent from Hell and the Top Six Scams Targeting Writers
Pity the poor writers who chose the Deering Literary Agency of Nicholasville, Kentucky, to represent them. According to The Seattle Times ,...
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