Several recent incidents have shown me that many authors, writers, and marketers don’t understand copyright law. I asked one of the best author attorneys I know, Sallie Randolph, to explain it here because understanding the law will protect you from legitimate demands for fees for using copyright protected text or images.
Sallie is a practicing attorney, freelance writer, and publishing consultant. She concentrates her law practice on the representation of authors, often consulting with or serving as co-counsel to other attorneys on publishing cases. A frequent speaker at programs for lawyers and writers, she has also taught law, writing, and journalism in a variety of educational settings, including several years at the University of Buffalo Law School, where she developed a copyright compliance program, instructed and supervised law student interns, taught courses in publishing law and legal ethics, and directed a publishing and copyright clinic. She has also taught media law for journalism majors at Buffalo State College and professional writing for numerous institutions. Learn more at AuthorLaw.com.