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. 


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Copyrights



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




THE BUSINESS OF CREATING

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"


Copylaw.com: "What Not to Miss When Drafting & Negotiating Your Book Publishing Contract"


Publishlawyer.com: "First Publishing Contract"


Publishing Crawl: Contracts


Understanding Your Agent Contract






CHILDREN'S PRIVACY ONLINE


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)




GENERAL RESOURCES

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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