Copyright Book Resources
A copyright grants the legal right to exclusive publication, production,
sale, or distribution of a literary or artistic work.
|Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright
by Mark Rose / Paperback / Published 1995 - Belknap
Examines the genesis and development of the notion of authors as owners, and their works
as commodities, from its emergence in the 18th century, to the issues of literary property
still being debated. The already mystified figure of Shakespeare loomed large in the
discussions before and after the first copyright law in 1707; he came out wearing the
modern garb of a proprietor.
by William S. Strong / Hardcover - 386 pages 5th edition (July 9, 1999) / MIT
As copyright issues grow more complicated, this guide becomes ever more indispensable.
edition has been updated to include recent judicial and legislative decisions and the
surrounding publication on the Web and other new media.
Handbook: How to Protect & Use Written Works
by Stephen Fishman / Paperback: 432 pages / NOLO; 8th Bk&Cdr edition
(January 14, 2005)
Copyright law is a complex field, and it's crucial for writers to understand what's
entailed. Stephen Fishman covers what a copyright is, how it's created and protected,
limitations and transfer of ownership, how long it lasts, and what copyright infringement
is all about. The appendix contains a variety of sample forms and blank forms and a
PC-formatted disk of the same material.
Permission and Libel Handbook
by Lloyd J. Jassin, Steve C. Schecter / Paperback: 198 pages John Wiley & Sons;
This manual allays a fear among publishing, broadcast, and film folk: getting sued.
Copyright infringement is a manageable risk, if one understands the fair use doctrine and
the procedures for acquiring and buying the right to reproduce material others have
Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet
by Jessica Litman / Hardcover - 225 pages (March 2001) / Prometheus Books
Readers with an interest in doing business on the Internet, or in the specific
issue of copyright, should not be without this book. The author, a recognized expert in
copyright law, demonstrates how the World Wide Web has the potential to restructure
copyright laws in the U.S.
The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art
by Stephen Fishman / Paperback: 300
pages / NOLO; 2nd edition (March 1, 2004)
The first book of its kind, The Public Domain is the definitive guide to
the creative works that are not protected by copyright and can be copied
freely or otherwise used without paying permission fees. The book also
lists hundreds of resources, such as websites, libraries and archives,
useful for locating public domain works.
Writer's Legal Companion: The Complete Handbook for the Working Writer
by Brad Bunnin, Peter Beren / Paperback - 368 pages 3rd Rev edition (October 1998) /
This is a fantastic reference for writers interested--and all should be--in legal
issues concerning contracts, collaboration, agents, defamation, copyright, taxes, and
high-tech publishing. Whether or not you've retained a literary lawyer to work on your
behalf, you'll want a book such as this on your shelves, to refer to when you need advice
on avoiding defamatory statements, protecting yourself against copyright infringement, or
even knowing which home-office expenditures you may deduct come tax time.