Writers Insist They Know Copyright…
Without even beginning to learn it.
Right? Copyright seems so simple on the surface. My work is mine, all mine, and nothing else matters. At least until it does. And then writers, full of bad information, make the worst decisions and someone takes advantage of them and they often lose their work and wonder what happened.
But for a writer to get prepared for critical and money-making decisions ahead of time… that is just too much work, too much time, too much money. Kris and I came up with a way to make the time and work easy with Bite-Sized Copyright every Monday morning, and I committed to doing all 52 weeks no matter how few signed up.
Kris seemed to think there was a lot of interest. She believes in the idea that writers will take care of themselves if they have the knowledge, thus her weekly business blog. I’ve been on my “learn copyright” soapbox for this entire century, not kidding. I know how very few writers will do it and pay the price later.
But I agreed anyway to recording for a full year, every Monday. And I’m going to have a blast doing it.
Too expensive… I don’t need it… Going to do it in the future. And so on and so on.
But then I put up the most basic copyright quiz I could come up with. And I got two questions in the comments, one wondering why they could not use Luke Skywalker and another telling me covers were not copyright protected because the person was trying to register them wrong. And I got five personal emails, all from people not taking the class, who didn’t understand the signing requirement or that they could not believe their character was not protected and how could that be??? Even though if they knew copyright, they would never think that.
And I am talking basic copyright FOR FICTION WRITERS. Not even some of the topics that are on the burners in so many places through the world such as Copyright and AI. I follow three major IP blogs and check in on others. My favorite of which is the IPKat even though it has a lot of focus on European law. Massive amounts apply here. Oh, trust me, don’t go there unless you have memorized Fishman’s basic book. The articles will just bewilder you.
But after 52 weeks, numbers of discussions and such in the Bite-Sized Copyright class, I will be dealing with topics for fiction writers from places like IPKat and other major IP blogs and web sites. I will enjoy those.