Copyright On Hitler's Book Expires

Renewed Struggle: Copyright On Hitler's Book Expires

News by Peter Derk
The copyright expires on Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' in 2015. What's the future of the most-hated book by history's most-hated man?

What Are Trademarks and Do I Need Them?

Column by Jessica Meddows August 29, 2014
The publishing industry is a complicated legal beast. We've discussed copyright before, and this month, we look at what trademarks are and how you use them.
Sherlock Holmes is officially in the public domain in the United States.

You Won't Believe What A Federal Judge Has Ruled In The Sherlock Holmes Rights Case...

News by Rob Hart December 27, 2013
A federal judge has ruled that the character of Sherlock Holmes is officially in the public domain in the United States. Go write some Holmes/Watson slash fiction to celebrate!
New York Court Dismisses Author Lawsuit Against Google Books

New York Court Dismisses Author Lawsuit Against Google Books

News by Dean Fetzer November 15, 2013
The company has won the case brought “by authors who accused the internet giant of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission”.
New Study “Suggests Creative Industries Don’t Gain From Copyright Enforcement”

New Study “Suggests Creative Industries Don’t Gain From Copyright Enforcement”

News by Dean Fetzer
A new policy brief from the UK’s London School of Economics suggests little is being gained by efforts to enforce copyright — in fact, online piracy “could bring more benefit than harm”.

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of

Column by Jessica Meddows August 2, 2013
Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently encountered by writers.
Google Books

Court Rules Against Class-Action Certification in Google Books Case

News by Nathan Scalia July 5, 2013
Google Books wins a victory in the courts as it sets out to digitize every book in existence.

Library Love: Five Copyright Essentials For The Writer’s Toolkit

Column by Stephanie Bonjack December 19, 2012
There has never been a better time to learn about the ownership and protection of your work.
Authors Reclaim Book Rights

Publishers Face Turbulent 2013 if Authors Reclaim Book Rights

News by Dean Fetzer
From January, authors can start using the 1978 Copyright Act against publishers to reclaim the rights to their work - and it could benefit some very famous ones.
Singularity & Co. Rescues Vintage Sci-Fi From The Abyss

Singularity & Co. Rescues Vintage Sci-Fi From The Abyss

News by Kimberly Turner
A new Brooklyn-based bookstore is giving forgotten, out-of-print Sci-Fi books a second chance by tracking down their copyright holders and creating free or low-cost digital versions.
Duane Lester confronts newspaper

Blogger vs. Plagiarist Smackdown Video

News by Kimberly Turner May 25, 2012
Blogger Duane Lester confronts a newspaper that stole his content without payment, permission, or attribution then puts the whole showdown on YouTube.
Unglue Crowdfunded Free eBooks

New Website Seeks To Crowdfund Free eBook Editions Of Published Works

News by Rob Hart May 22, 2012
Unglue.it, a new crowdfunding website modeled on Kickstarter, is seeking to pay copyright holders to release free electronic editions of their books.
Copyright Office To Digitize Records

Copyright Office Brainstorming Ways To Digitize Records

News by Kimberly Turner May 7, 2012
The U.S. Copyright Office is looking for technology to help make historical copyright records searchable online.