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Marvel, Freelancer come to a win-win over Ghost Rider Copyright Battle

September 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Impending trial dates have a funny way of inspiring settlement agreements …. TE

SOURCE: Reuters.com

By: Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK

“Marvel Comics has agreed to settle a lawsuit by a comic book writer who sued the publisher over the copyright to the flaming-skulled character Ghost Rider. The agreement, disclosed in a letter filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, if finalized would resolve five-years of litigation brought by former Marvel freelancer Gary Friedrich, who claimed he created the motorcycle-riding vigilante.

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Gary Friedrich began considering legal action against the comic book company in 2004 when he learned of an impending movie adaptation. He sued Marvel for copyright infringement, claiming that he owned the character and its use in films as well as toys, video games and other merchandise. Marvel argued that while Friedrich contributed ideas, the comic was created through a collaborative process.”

Read the complete article “Marvel, writer agree to settle Ghost Rider copyright suit” at Reuters.com

**Hot Topic presented originally by T. Wise, member the faux student firm of Zarefoss, Petrou & McClogan in my Copyright & Trademark class.**

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Evans Presents Legal Side of Writing Teleclass for “Write Your Book in 30 Days” Participants

August 7, 2013 Leave a comment

On Thursday, August 8th, Professor Evans will present the popular Legal Matters that Matter teleclass  to over 2000 members of the “Write Your Book in 30 Days” Challenge, created by Andrew Morrison and co-facilitated by Joy Farrington.

About The Legal Matters that Matter to Writers Teleclass
LWPdotcom_april2011It is an informative and engaging presentation tailored specifically for writers and independent publishers who want straightforward, clear, and concise answers to the most common and pressing legal issues in the publishing industry. After attending this workshop you will understand:

  • how copyright is created and protected
  • what is considered a fair use in print and on the Internet
  • what can and cannot be copyrighted
  • how legally to refer to real people, places, and events in one’s own work
  • the real deal about the myth of the Poor Man’s copyright
  • the critical timing of when to register your work with the Copyright Office
  • the most common contracts involved in securing, licensing and transferring copyright and other rights
  • things to consider when you are sealing the deal

Image of Literary Law Guide for AuthorsThe workshop is based on the award-winning Literary Entrepreneur Series of books Literary Law Guide for Authors, Copyright Companion for Writers and Contracts Companion for Writers.

About “Write Your Book in 30 Days”!
The Write Your Book in 30 Day! Challenge was created by Andrew Morrison and is co-facilitated, Joy Farrington.
During the challenge (which happens several times each year), participants are encouraged to write a 70-100 pages book that will help them brand their brilliance. Andrew and Joy believe that a book is the new business card and share with participants how to use their book to:
  1. Build their brand
  2. Gain New Customers
  3. Build Trust with Potential Customers
  4. Attract Media Attention
  5. Build an Author Platform
  6. Becoming known as an Expert in their Industry
  7. Creating a Stream of Passive Income

Click here to participate in the challenge & this EXCLUSIVE teleseminar

The 411 on upcoming launch of the Digital Public Library of America

April 15, 2013 Leave a comment

The Digital Public Library of America will soon go live and its fearless leaders promise to curate “the best open access and digitized materials” at dp.la. On the heels of the Google Book debacle, libraries and other interest-holders joined forces to digitize and make available public domain & licensed works and other resources for the DPLA.

THE DPLA describes its launch as follows: Read more…

Penguin sues authors over advances, Trident Chairman says “authors BEWARE!”

September 26, 2012 Leave a comment

MediaBistro.com reports in GalleyCat that:

“The Smoking Gun broke the news that Penguin has sued a number of authors “who failed to deliver books for which they received hefty contractual advances.” The list of writers includes Elizabeth Wurtzel, Ana Marie Cox and Herman Rosenblat. Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb wrote a scathing comment on the story.:

Click here for more on Robert Gottlieb’s Response to Penguin Lawsuit: ‘Authors Beware’

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