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Author Archives: Amy Cook

A Legal Checklist for Writers

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you should take special care that you’re not risking an invasion of privacy or defamation charge.

by Amy Cook
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A Writer’s Guide to Defamation and Invasion of Privacy

Chances are, you’re not the only character in your book. Here’s what every memoir writer needs to know about invasion of privacy, defamation and the law.

by Amy Cook

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Copyright Law 101

Many writers worry their work isn’t protected unless they use a copyright symbol or file with the Copyright Office. Learn when and how your work is protected, and exactly what that means. Read more

Ask the Lawyer: Writing Together; Writing Sub Rosa

Pinpoint issues to resolve before getting involved in a co-authoring situation, and learn how to write under a pseudonym. Read more

The Truth About Writing Contests

You can’t win if you don’t enter. But before you do, take a close look at what “winning” really means. Read more

“Unauthorized” Writings

Find out if you can use trademarks in your story, and discover the difference between copyright infringement and parody. Read more

Can the Truth Get a Writer in Trouble?

Basing a fictional character on a real person or including family secrets in your memoir could land you in court. Read more

Talkin’ Trash

Beware the slinging of slang: One man’s compliment may be another man’s defamation suit. Read more

Reality Bites

Use real people, places and things in your writing without getting into trouble. Read more

Do You Need Liability Insurance?

Find out if you need individual liability insurance, and learn how to protect yourself from libel or invasion of privacy claims. Read more

Government Gold Mine

The Freedom of Information Act allows you access to an array of documents to help you research your next story. Here, WD’s legal expert tells you how to get them. Read more