Books and Beer: Copyright Realities for Digital Authors





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Published on May 31, 2012

On this episode of The Books & Beer Hangout, we dove headfirst into the topic of copyright and how it impacts digital authors. Our gests were practicing attorney Ruth Carter and published author Matthew Wayne Selznick. Over the course of 25 minutes we talked about:

* Creative Commons vs Copyright
* Different rights for different versions of an original work
* Incorporating licensed work in your own materials
* Distribution: the best form of piracy protection for independent creators
* What you authors should -- and shouldn't be -- worried about with their digital rights
* Free ways to keep tabs on your intellectual property
* When to register your copyright for maximum protection
* Why Dropbox isn't going to steal your copyright and publish your book
* Why DRM won't help you at all
* How easy and cheap it is to register copyright
* Why you should consider illicit downloads a marketing expense

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight's choices: Deviant Dale's by Oskar Blues, Black Eye IPA by BooBoo Squad, and a Stone IPA.

The Books & Beer Hangout is broadcast live every Thursday night at 6P/9E as a Google+ Hangout on Air and on YouTube Live! Circle ePublish Unum on Google+ to watch live, and to join The Books & Beer Hangover right after the show to chat with hosts and participants live!

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