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Your rights

Your legal rights if your work has been taken

In continuation of our legal series, we’re discussing what your rights are if your work has been taken:

What if it’s your work that’s taken?

Without a big publisher behind you, policing your copyright adds to your post-publication duties. If you’ve taken the steps to register your work, enforcing your copyright through the court system is a little easier. Being able to identify that your work has been copied is what becomes more challenging and what do you do at that point?

 

The first step would be to contact the author (and/or publisher) and tell them they’re violating your copyright. Depending on how much of your work has been taken; you may want to speak to a lawyer to find out the best way to approach the author and/or publisher of the allegedly infringing work. If your work has not been registered yet, and the alleged infringement is significant, registering your work should be done immediately.

 

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legal issues

Legal Issues to be aware of as an Author or Self-Publisher

There are a few issues that pop up for Authors or Self-Publishers as they may not consider some of the legal issues that come up when writing their books, such as putting a contract in place with their publisher, designer or copy editor. The traditional book authorship has now become more complicated as the traditional publishing industry has changed with the internet and now more people are self-publishing. Which means that the authors who are not using publishing companies won’t have legions of experts to comb through their manuscript and may not have access to a legal department that can check their book before goes to print.

Not that authors are sued all the time, but when you take the route of self-publishing you also take on the liability that comes with the various legal issues. Navigating the legal hurdles of publishing is now something authors must be concerned.

Even if you do go the route of traditional publishing, you will most likely need to have a digital presence, which comes with a host of legal issues that you’ll want to know.

In the next few months we will share legal issues frequently encountered by Authors & Self-Publishers:

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do's and don'ts of self publishing

The Do’s and Don’ts of Self-publishing

There are so many Do’s and Don’ts, here are just a few…

Do your homework – Don’t assume that everything that you find on the internet (in terms of publishing services) are the same. Personally, as I have done my research of what is being offered out there, no two are alike, but all offer similar services. Not only that, but always check again when you’re just about to hire them. Services and prices can change over time. If you’re researching now for 6 months to 1 year from now, definitely pricing can change (for the better or worse).

 

Do schedule time – if publishing is one of your goals, you need to schedule the time to work on your publication. Be it writing, editing or working with your publishing service. The most successful people are those that complete their task. And for them to complete their tasks, they schedule them.

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How To Get Over Your Fear of Writing

There is probably nothing scarier than sitting in front of your computer or with a notebook and the stark blank page stares right back at you. You don’t really know where to start because you’re scared that however you go on about it, it doesn’t sound quite right or it’s all wrong all together. Everyone has faced this more than once in their lifetime but here’s how to lose that fear.

  1. Stick with your idea

It can be so easy to scrap the idea and give up but you’re never going to write anything if you keep giving yourself a way out. Stick with your original idea and give yourself reasonable deadlines during your writing journey to keep your head afloat.

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