DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
You make stuff. You write, draw, paint, blog, and dance; you make music, film videos, act, sculpt, sew, and produce multimedia content. You're a creative person who does creative things. Copyright for Creatives is a readable, informal, common-sense exploration of copyright law, designed specifically for creative people like you.
Written by a lawyer, publisher, educator, and admitted IP nerd, Copyright for Creatives sheds some light on what you can do to protect your work, what to do when you find out your work’s been "borrowed," and why imitation is not really the sincerest form of flattery. We’ll look at what copyright is, what it isn’t, how to avoid infringement, and how copyright can work for you as a practical part of your creative life.
This book values all creative work equally, from writing and photography and music to fashion design; jewelry-making and graphic art, woodworking and needlework, to online videos. Its tone is friendly and conversational, and its focus is—as much as possible in a book about law—practical and applicable. It's a real-world-oriented look at how copyright law impacts creative people, written specifically with them and their needs in mind.
In addition to providing an overview of the law and legal principles relevant to copyright, the book takes a deeper dive into a wide range of creative endeavors, and distinguishes the specific, unique copyright issues involved with each, including Architecture; Board Games; Calligraphy; Cartoons, Comic Strips & Comic Books; Characters; Choreography; Clothing; Clothing Patterns; Comedy; Computer Programs & Games; Costumes; Dance; Fan Art; Fan Fiction; Fan Films; Film-making; Game Design; Gardening/Landscaping; Graffiti; Graphic Design; Jewelry; Junking ; Movies; Musical Composition; Musical Performance; Musical Recordings; Musical Sampling; Needlework, Fabrics & Quilts; Painting & Sculpture; Performance Art; Photography; Podcasts; Pottery; Recipes & Cookbooks; Sculpture; Social Media; Stained Glass; Tattoos; Theater; Toys; T-shirts; Websites; Woodwork; Writing: Fiction; Writing: Nonfiction; Writing: Poetry; and more. Copyright for Creatives also offers insights into copyright registration, Open Access, and an introduction to trademark and patent law for creative people.
Copyright Insights appear when it’s important to emphasize the real-world application of copyright law, showcase tips for how to use copyright law, or highlight best practices.
Case Studies are summaries of interesting and/or important court decisions, stories, or retelling of actual events that illustrate the concepts being discussed.
License Alerts let you know when an online platform or other media resource automatically requires you to grant them a license to use your creative content in some way, in exchange for the use of the platform. k
Four Things. At the end of each chapter, you’ll find a brief review of four key concepts for you to remember about the topic covered.
Reader Support. Contact the author with your copyright questions.
Chapter 1 What is Copyright? Chapter 2 What Can’t be Copyrighted Chapter 3 Fair Use & Educational Use
PART TWO Copyright & Your Creative Work
Chapter 4 Crafts Chapter 5 Graphic Arts Chapter 6 Music Chapter 7 Needlework & Clothing Chapter 8 Performing Arts Chapter 9 Social Media Chapter 10 Visual Arts Chapter 11 Technology Chapter 12 Writing PART THREE Protect Your Creative Work Chapter 13 Registering Your Copyright Chapter 14 Open Access Chapter 15 A Bit About Trademarks Chapter 16 Introduction to Patents About the Author/Learn More
For over 30 years, Evan has been a publishing professional, with an admittedly strange life-long focus on explaining copyright law and applications to non-lawyer audiences. Evan received his MA in English from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and his JD from DePaul University in Chicago, both a very very long time ago.
From 1995 to 2008, Evan was an editor, writer, and Publisher/Vice-President of Product Development at Kaplan Professional Publishing. While at Kaplan, he wrote articles and gave regular formal presentations about copyright law to industry audiences of real estate agents, educators, and regulators.
At the IEEE Computer Society, from 2008 to 2018, Evan was Director of Products & Services, overseeing more than thirty magazines, scholarly journals and books on computer science, plus dozens of international conferences. At IEEE, Evan continued to speak on copyright issues at conferences in the US and abroad, contributed copyright and plagiarism chapters to a technical writing book, and helped lead the development of licensing and open access policies.
After retiring from the publishing world, Evan taught copyright and trademark classes for the Art Institute of Las Vegas, and an online criminal intellectual property course at Arizona State University.
Evan lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his husband and cat, and is a creative person himself: he has been publishing and displaying his own odd photography for many years.