Don’t be tricked out of your copyrights

I know. You’re excited by the opportunity to be published.

But don’t sign anything before you read–and understand–the entire Agreement.

If you are the copyright owner, you have the exclusive rights to:

  • copy/reproduce
  • distribute
  • create derivative works
  • display publicly
  • perform publicly

OR authorize others to exercise any or all of those rights.

RETAIN your copyright; grant only those rights that are absolutely necessary to complete the particular project at hand.

  • Read the “fine print.”
  • Think about how you may want to exercise your rights in the future.
  • Negotiate.
  • Ask questions until you understand what you and the other party are agreeing to do.
  • Get it in writing. Signed by both parties.

Don’t be tricked out of your copyrights, contact me for more information.

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Barbara C. Ingrassia, MLS, AHIP, CCM
Certified Copyright Manager, Speaker and Trainer
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I am not an attorney. The information provided should not be construed as legal advice. For legal advice, consult an attorney with expertise in copyright law.


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