Be Contract Smart: 7 Copyright Terms to Know

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One thing nearly every freelance writer is going to have to do is sign a contract. Contracts, when written well, protect both the freelancer and the client by avoiding any confusion and preventing anyone from giving up any rights that they didn’t intend. But as necessary and as useful as contracts are, they are often […]

Why Social Media is No Legal Safe Haven

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One of the reasons that the Web has become a legal minefield is because it deals with laws and ethics that, prior to its creation, almost no one had any reason to know. Before the Web, the only reason to understand libel, privacy, copyright, trademark and other areas commonly associated with mass media law was […]

How to Avoid Legal Trouble With Your Portfolio

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Every freelance writer should have a good online portfolio, a place to showcase their best works and examples of the kinds of writing that they do. However, creating a portfolio is not as simple as choosing the best writing that you’ve done for your clients and putting up copies or even snippets on your site. […]

Should You Appoint a DMCA Agent for Your Site?

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Freelance writers don’t just write for their clients. Most have sites of their own where they both post for themselves and, due to the increasing interactivity of websites in general, accept comments, postings and other material from users. However, this creates a new legal problem for freelance writers, namely what happens when their users violate […]

5 Lessons From the Cooks Source Case for Freelancers

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If you’re a freelance writers, there’s a very good chance that you’ve been following the Cooks Source case for the last week or two. To recap what happened, Monica Gaudio, a freelance writer, discovered that an article she had written on the history of apple pies had been used in its entirety by a small […]

5 Simple Legal Mistakes Freelancers Commonly Make

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For a freelance writer, there is a lot of legal ground to cover. Copyright, trademark, privacy, libel and contract law are just some of the areas any freelancer needs to be familiar with to ensure that their rights are protected and they stay on the right side of the law. The reason is that, in […]

A Primer on Creative Commons

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Unless you haven’t been paying attention, you’ve probably at least heard of Creative Commons or seen its licenses around on various sites. However, there’s a great deal of misunderstanding regarding what Creative Commons Licenses actually are, how they function and what their purpose is. For a freelance writer to decide if they should license some […]

Derivative Works: Creations That Look Familiar

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One of the most common questions I get asked about copyright law is “How much do I need to change in (insert creation name) in order to use it without infringing copyright?” Whether they are asking because someone reused their work or they are thinking about doing it to someone else, these people are usually […]