Why is 2019 an important year for writers?

Here is my Friday Info Find!

An informative blog post about Public Domain. What Is Public Domain? (And Why 2019 Is a Big Year) By 

Brad explains what Public Domain is, and also provides us with an Excel spreadsheet listing works of art (movies, books, etc.) which are now free of copyright.

Click to download.  Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain.

Before you use a phrase from a book, song or movie. Find out if it was released on “Public Domain Day” on January 1, 2019. Do your research.

Want more info? Watch this short video by Steve Shives that explains more. Steve also gives us a list of some old favorites that are now part of the Public Domain. Who knows, something might just spark your imagination.

 

Tell me, have you thought about using an older piece of work in something new?

Have you used a quote and wondered if it were free of copyright?

What about photos?

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How to avoid the danger of a lawsuit

Get it in writing!

Are you in danger of being sued?

Don’t take a chance! Read the fine print and know what you’re signing.

One of my favorite bloggers, Jane Friedman, has provided us with much-needed information for writers.  Who to contact, when we need to contact someone, and how to get permission. Are there any fees involved?

Don’t let your hard work get tied up with a lawsuit.

When in doubt, get permission.

Click the link below, and read her very important post.

What did you think? Learn something new?

Have you ever sought permission from someone?

Have you ever been issued a cease order or been sued?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on her article. Leave me a comment.

A Basic Guide to Getting Permissions + Sample Permissions Letter By Jane Friedman

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