Publishing law isn’t just for publishers - writers and authors need to understand the law, too.
Can I use a real person in my novel if I change the name?
What rights will I give up when I sign a book contract?
If I quote someone, do I need to obtain permission?
Can I publish a book of recipes I found on the web?
Legal questions arise during all phases of the writing process. Before pouring your heart into that next book, make sure you are within the law. If you are signing ANY book contract, you MUST check with a publishing law lawyer first.
An excellent resource for writers is Attorney at Law, Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D. He specializes in everything from entertainment and writing to web design and sports law.
Best of all, Ivan’s site is loaded with hundreds of free articles: writing and publishing; trademarks and domain names; music and songwriting; etc. If you have any legal questions in the area of entertainment, I suggest you visit Ivan’s site first.
Another great site for publishing law is The Publishing Law Center. It also features articles and resources.
So writers beware - get informed or get sued/taken!