Sunday, November 19, 2017

Permissions 101

May 29, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Self publishing

We book authors often want to quote from other writers to make a point. How do we know how much we may quote without infringing copyright and breaching what is considered “Fair Use?”
The copyright laws’ definition of Fair Use depends upon what portion of a work you are quoting and the significance of the portion [...]

Escaping Google’s Clutches

January 19, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

Google is scanning millions of books and plans to post the content on the internet. If you’re a copyright holder especially of a self-published work, there are some good reasons to opt out of Google’s plan and escape Google’s clutches.
In 2005, the Author’s Guild of America sued Google to stop them scanning copyrighted books. Google [...]

Know Your (Copy)rights

October 19, 2009 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

So you want to submit your writing to magazines? Here are some basic tips about rights.
What is Copyright?
Whenever you create an original work (for example, when you write a story about your life), your piece of work is automatically covered by copyright law.
Your “copyright” is the right you have to decide how, when, and where [...]

Copyright: Protecting Your Blog Posts

September 19, 2009 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

(First published on the Story Circle Network Blog)

Recently, a friend contacted me for advice on a thorny problem. She suspected that whole paragraphs, personal reminiscences of her own, and photos she had taken had been lifted from her blog and from her 2008 book of personal stories and inserted into very similar stories on someone [...]