Recommended Reading on Copyright, Trademarks, and Permissions

( — A couple of months ago I came across an awesome book on copyright, trademarks, permissions, and more for folks in the entertainment and media production industries, and it’s been in my “to blog” file ever since.

permission seekers guideThe Permission Seeker’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions
by Joy Butler

Here’s what Amazon has to say:

No media producer wants to be sued! – – Clearing rights means keeping your media production free of any material likely to spark legal action. The Permission Seeker’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle contains information useful to anyone who produces, acquires, distributes, or otherwise works with media productions. That includes authors, publishers, visual artists, musicians, tv producers, filmmakers, website owners, and software developers. Readers will find detailed guidance for seeking permission and clearing rights to use quotes, music, artwork, names, film clips, and many other protected materials. The book lays out copyright, trademark, privacy, defamation, and other laws relevant to clearing rights; offers money-saving and risk-minimizing techniques for licensing rights; and includes over fifty pages of resources and sample forms.

I spoke with author Joy Butler at an event with the Women’s National Book Association, and found her to be an outstanding resource. This book is a must-have for anyone seeking advice on how to use other people’s work without breaking the law.

Pick it up at Amazon for more than $6 off the cover price.

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4 comments… add one
  • Yeah, you sold me :) Thanks I’ll click through your Amazon link and order there.
    – Eric

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  • Norma Pierce Apr 26, 2009

    I really loved your presentation yesterday at Virginia Press Women’s spring conference. Also love your blogs. You are an inspiration to us all! Thanks ever so much for coming and sharing your knowledge and, especially, positive spirit with us!

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