intellectual property

When Is Fair Use Fair?

by Michele Preisendorf with Angela Eschler Writers love quotes. What word-nerd doesn’t? We tape them on our mirrors, dashboards, and walls and post them to our websites. We like them to set the tone for our novels, start our nonfiction chapters off with inspiration and insight, and add authority to our own ideas. But many…

Copyright—What and When It Protects

There’s been a hubbub in the news and social media lately; that’s right, someone’s work has been, presumably, stolen. This is a natural concern for authors and the source of much-asked questions at writing conferences and online: Do you need to copyright your work immediately? Does putting the symbol on your work yourself count? Are…