Copyright issues frequently come up for authors. You probably know that copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. But the specifics of copyright can be confusing.
For example, what is copyrightable and what isn’t? Can you copyright your characters? Can you include a snippet of song lyrics in your book? What can you do to avoid infringement?
As an editor, I get asked copyright issues by my clients. Sometimes I know the answer, but often I don’t. That’s why I’m thrilled to have an expert lead a copyright workshop in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group.
Law professor Alina Boyte will teach a workshop in the group May 7 at 12:30 p.m. EST. Alina is a graduate of Stanford Law School and attended the University of Cambridge and the University of London in the United Kingdom. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and was awarded a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship at Stanford. She also earned a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship, is a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, and a member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society. She joined the faculty of the Mississippi College School of Law in 2007.
Alina teaches Property, Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw, and Law and Economics.
If you’re not a member of the Shortcuts for Writers group, be sure to request membership. There will be a replay archived in the group if you can’t attend live.
Alina is also the host of the Heart Centered Life podcast and YouTube broadcast. She recently interviewed me on how to write your first novel and get published. You can watch the interview here.
You can find Alina at the below links:
Facebook group (Heart Centered Living for Busy Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Educators)
Stacy Juba, the founder of Shortcuts for Writers, is a freelance editor and online course creator who teaches authors how to simplify the self-editing process and fit their writing goals into a busy life. Her books include the Storybook Valley chick lit series and the Hockey Rivals young adult sports novels.
Sign up for her free, on-demand masterclass, How to Create Your Editing Game Plan and Fast-Track Your Book: 3 Costly Mistakes to Avoid.