This isn’t a book that anyone wants. But it’s the book that everyone needs. Understanding copyright is essential for writers, and THE COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK explains what we need to know in simple English with step-by-step action points to register and protect our work.
Fishman is a lawyer who has written extensively about copyright. He not only understands the law, but knows how to explain it simply and thoroughly. Fishman starts with explaining what copyright is, and what it does and doesn’t protect. He then explains how to register your own copyright, and why it’s important to do so. He covers fair use, or when it’s okay to use other people’s words, and the steps to take when someone has used yours without your permission.
I completely read through THE COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK in the interests of writing this review, but it’s truly a book to reference rather than to read. Whatever questions you have about copyright are probably in this book, and if the topic isn’t covered, there’s a list of resources at the end, including how to hire a copyright attorney.
But in most cases, if an author is filing her copyrights the correct way, hiring a lawyer won’t be necessary. It’s important to understand that copyrights are valuable, and must be protected. Filing a proper copyright claim, at the right time, will save authors trouble down the line.
Self-published authors should be very keen to learn about copyright, but this knowledge is crucial for traditionally published authors too. Understanding copyright will help you read your contracts, and will help you negotiate those contracts. You have to know what you have before you can bargain with it. THE COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK is the tool that will help writers keep and protect the hard work of their creative minds.
THE COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK can be found here
(Note: buying this book directly from the publisher is cheaper than buying from a retailer.)
Rating: 5 stars
This book is best for: all authors
I recommend this book