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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crash Course in Internet Copyright Law Powerful Strategies for Finding Dirt Cheap Digital Content and Getting Permission for Use

This is my first blog post for a book I am writing. This book has a tentative publish date of January 2011. This is a rough draft for the introduction of the book.

Following Intellectual property and copyright laws in a global economy can be like negotiating a minefield. As the Internet morphs into something new every day, copyright issues attached to much of the content on the Internet also increase. It is as if the two are twisting in the winds of change becoming a tangled mess.

Determining what works are protected and why can be nearly impossible without the services of patent, copyright and trademark lawyers; and these guys don’t come cheap. Hopefully this book will save you money on legal fees.

It is estimated that millions of people unintentionally break copyright laws everyday simply by passing along information in emails, blogs, forums and websites. I know this sounds absurd. But this is the law as it stands today. Copyright law needs to catch up to the Internet.

You could do your own search about each legal issue as they arise but without a overall understanding of the laws, your search is likely to be flawed. Much of the information found on the Internet about copyright law ranges from misleading to dead wrong. I am not saying the laws are hard to understand. Any lay person can get this. You just want to make sure your source is right. Hopefully this book will give you peace of mind that you have not opened yourself up for a lawsuit or that your work will not be stolen.

This book is written in easy to understand plain English. Information about copyright law can get very complicated. Legalese can sometimes be incomprehensible. You can drown in the details.

The main focus of this book is on U.S. copyright law. There is also section on international copyright law. You will find information on all intellectual property laws such as patents and trademarks but only as they pertain to copyright.

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