Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing (ECL)

July 22, 2015 — What’s happening with “orphan works”? What is “Extended Collective Licensing” (ECL)? Why should NWU members and other writers care? These issues are complicated, but important for working writers. Many NWU members are only beginning to understand what is meant by so-called “orphan works”, and most writers have never heard of “Extended […]

Copyright Redux For Freelancers: It’s Constitutional

The Origins of Copyright By J.S. Ackerman “The Copyright Office’s mission is to promote creativity in society by creating and maintaining the public record through registration of claims and recordation of documents.” –excerpt from Copyright Office Mission Statement Did you know that copyright is part of the U.S. Constitution? Article I, Section 8 of the […]

Work-for-Hire: A Great Market

Copyrights are important to a writer’s success, but so is money. Sometimes work for hire (WFH) is a great way to earn money. Freelancers can make good incomes writing promotional materials, product manuals, grants, or books in series (think Dummies). Without owning the copyrights they can’t sell the movie or smartphone app rights, but how […]

No Win for Readers and Writers: Commentary on Amazon v. Hachette

Readers, like writers, have been caught in the middle of a feud over e-book distribution terms and pricing between the Hachette book publishing company and Amazon.com.  On Nov. 13, the two announced they had reached a settlement. But the terms were not disclosed, and there’s been nary a word about its implications for readers and […]