Legal Resources for Creatives

Welcome to our new page with links to the legal resources including intellectual property, legal and tax information, understanding a publishing contract, children's privacy online, and more. These links do not constitute legal advice--they are provided as a starting point for research. 



Public Domain

Say you want to refer to a fairy tale or use the words of a nursery rhyme. Some resources on how to figure out if a work is in the public domain.

U.S. Copyright Office - online searchable database


Tax & Business Law

What Every Self-Published Author Needs to Know about Taxes 

Tax Tips for Writers Who Hate Math

Sales Tax Basics for Indie Authors

Understanding Your Book Contract

Hooray! You have a contract. Here are some articles to help you understand it and identify potential issues.

Deal Breakers 2013: Contract Terms Writers Should Avoid (WMG Writer's Guide) Ebook

Absolute Write: "Negotiating Your Book Contract: 20 'Must' Topics to Talk About" Part 1

Absolute Write: "Negotiating Your Book Contract: 20 'Must Topics to Talk About" Part 2

Ivan Hoffman: "The Ten Key Negotiating Points in an Author-Publisher Contract" "What Not to Miss When Drafting & Negotiating Your Book Publishing Contract" "First Publishing Contract"

Publishing Crawl: Contracts

Understanding Your Agent Contract


If your website or blog is targeted to children under 13, you need to know the legal requirements for ensuring their privacy.

Children's Privacy: Online Information That You Need to Know

Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions (if you are running a website geared towards children, or creating children's apps, this is a must read)

COPPA and You (Roxie Munro)


Author's Guild - provides free legal review of publishing contracts and other resources (like media liability insurance) for members (first year dues are $90)

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - list of resources and information about intellectual property and other legal issues

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