Friday, July 27, 2007

Copyrights, Trademarks and other rights!

If you're a musician, an artist, author, blogger etc., copyrights, trademarks and similar rights are an integral part of your craft. For some, you may already be an expert, and for others this may be new. In any case, it is imperative that you understand the basics.

If you don't want to be sued, then you need to understand these laws. Ignorance is not bliss and hiding your head in the sand won't cut it as an excuse for copyright infringement!

A new book called The Permission Seeker's Guide Through The Legal Jungle (Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks, and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions) is a perfect resource to help all media producers from being sued. I myself as a musician, and an author have to be doubly careful, both from a musical sense, lyrical sense, and of course from a literary sense. The author of the book, Joy R. Butler does a fantastic job of exploring and explaining this legal jungle. Joy is an entertainment attorney that routinely assists media producers with clearance rights projects.

(exerpts from the book)
If you are a musician, author, publisher, entertainment and media producer, visual artist, tv producer, filmmaker, website owner and software developers this book is a must.

The book offers:
- Detailed instructions for clearing rights to use quotes, music, art, film, names and faces, brand, life stories etc.
- Learn how to avoid rights clearance issues before they arise.
- Techniques for clearing rights with minimal expense and risk
- Explains the laws of copyright, privacy, defamation, trademark as they pertain to clearing rights
- Includes over fifty pages of resources and sample forms.

One of the best features of the book is it's structure. A chapter summary is included to help you drill down to the information you need. Some may opt to read the book from cover to cover, in which case, you'll enjoy the plain english approach. Others may use the book as reference to get the answers to those burning questions

An example of the chapters:

Overview of Rights Clearance Issues
Relevant Rights and Laws
Clearance Issues for Specific Productions
The Process of Clearing Rights and Seeking Permission
Seeking Permission to Use Specific Materials
Minimizing Your Risks and Protecting Yourself

Price $19.95 US
ISBN: 9780967294018
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Rating 5/5
Comments Great resource! Wish it pertained to more than just US law.

The retail price is $19.95 US