As a freelance writer, copyright is your business. Your works are protected by copyright and it is that protection that enables you to sell your work, prevent unauthorized use and generally control how your creations are used.
However, many freelance writers, much like the rest of the Web, either doesn’t understand copyright law or has serious misconceptions about it. But given how important it is to our profession, it makes sense to sit down and work to really understand what copyright law is about, at least some of the key points, and try to make sense of an admittedly confusing code.
With that in mind, here is a quick breakdown of seven key copyright facts that you need to know. Bear in mind that this is barely scratching the surface of the law and a lot of the nuance of these facts as well as many other important pieces of information will be missing.
Still, it’s a good place to start and, hopefully, will help at least some understand copyright law a little bit better. [Read more…]