Tag Archives: copyright

What to do if someone steals your work (how to handle plagiarism or piracy with dignity and poise)

EDIT: I thought I’d unpublished this article but apparently not – and it’s getting traffic so let me preface this with some comments. This is an article about plagiarism that attempts to consider both sides, but plagiarism is wrong. Don’t do it. I didn’t mean to call out EM Knight specifically but it is a good example of this issue. Nobody ... Read More »

A new reflection on image copyrights and legal issues with book cover design

Today I saw this post about Richard Prince taking other people’s Instagram photos without permission or warning and selling them in a New York art gallery for $90,000 each. It’s not his first offence: he’s previously taken photos from magazines or from other photographers and changed them just a little bit (like cutting out and swapping them figures). He’s been ... Read More »

Why “Saving Mr. Banks” should be required viewing for self-publishing authors

I’ve just started watching “Saving Mr. Banks” – the story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) acquired the book rights of Mary Poppins from the author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson). At the beginning of the story, P. L. Travers is a control freak, absolutely paranoid that her creation will be modified, changed, ruined. Disney has been chasing her for 20 ... Read More »

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