Copyright Information

Legal Considerations – Copyrights, Rights, and Permissions

Authors, editors, and publishers understand the need for a thorough review of a manuscript in order to prevent legal controversy, libel, and copyright infringement.

It is important to obtain a basic overview of copyrights, fair use, permissions, releases, and a checklist for important items related to an author’s interaction within a publishing company.

The copyright notice consists of three parts: the symbol ©, the year the book is published, and the name of the copyright owner. It is a practice of many publishers to use both the word “Copyright” and the symbol ©, but either is acceptable.

Example:   Copyright © 2009 Deborah Sweeney

All rights reserved. Published 2009.

Printed in the United States of America

The copyright page is where an author note where portions of the book have been previously published, permissions to publish extensive excerpts or quotations from copyrighted works, and photo credits