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ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT. Lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property Protection, Publishing Agreements, and Trademark & Copyright Law.
ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT. Lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property Protection, Publishing Agreements, and Trademark & Copyright Law.

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Publishers, agents, self-publishing venues (e.g., Amazon), online distributors, printers all take their share of your income upfront. Then, you get yours. Read the fine print so you’re not surprised.
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Usually the first time an author grants rights in her work to a third party, she gives a little away. And if there is no agent or lawyer involved, the author gives a lot a way without knowing it. The truth is, even with a third party representing the author, the author’s take home pay is practically nil, and she still gives up a lot.
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Authors are at the center of the copyright equation. Without them, there is no creative content to be negotiated. Yet, it’s no secret that authors are at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to being compensated for content they create.
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The US Copyright Act grants to authors a number of rights, including the right to prevent others from using their protected content, without permission or a license.
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Graffiti, also known as street art, originated in NYC during the late 60’s where teens would use markers to tag their names followed by the number of the street where they lived. Nowadays graffiti has become a work of art and has become protected by law.
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Okay, so you have a written contract with your independent contractor and it says Work for Hire. That’s all well and good, but in states like California it is not likely good enough. Know and understand the law.
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Independent Contractors vs. Company Employee: http://bit.ly/2Izcbzj.

Is your independent contractor really an employee in the eyes of the law?
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Just as there is an expectation that we respect other people’s material property, we must also respect the intellectual property of others. http://bit.ly/2GIXAAY

#FrancineWardLawyer #Copyright #Attorney #IntellectualProperty
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Whether we are speaking in moral or legal terms, the principle is the same. You don’t take other people’s things without asking permission!
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Whenever I register a trademark for a client, I discuss the next steps in their process. It’s important that they know registration is only half the battle. Maintenance of their trademark is key to protection.
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