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Well, I'm a great believer in a very broad interpretation of freedom of speech. But surely even the most extreme advocates of freedom of speech would not say that it means you have the right to say absolutely anything that you want about anyone with no fear of consequences. Like if you said on the witness stand in court that you saw Mr Jones commit the ...


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Be very careful. Just because 'everyone knows' something doesn't mean that it's actually true, or that there's enough evidence for you to convince a judge that it's true when you get sued for libel. If you're going to write something that could be seen as an attack against someone, make sure you have all your evidence to hand before you do so, and make sure ...


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Your contract should spell out what, if any, rights you have to use the cover art and/or book excerpts for promotional purposes. Typically, smaller or independent presses will be more than happy to add in those rights during negotiation since they will typically have a much smaller budget for promotion and will rely on the author to do much of the ...


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Typically, "no". Not unless there's a contract or license that allows it. The cover was commissioned and paid for by the publisher. However, non-deceptive use for the purpose of selling more books would probably be happily approved by the publisher.


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If the poem is that famous, it's probably out of copyright. So you can pilfer that, as long as you don't get into trademark issues. Anything by Shakespeare or some other long-dead author is fair game. Traditional poems, like Mother Goose rhymes, would also be fair game. However, famous old works like that present you with another problem: probably lots ...


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Can a name be copyrighted? No! However, a unique name used in your book is covered by copyright along with your works. But it does not afford you any protection until such time the name has a "secondary meaning." In other words, when the characters name becomes recognized as belonging to your work as a "source identifier." Once you meet the above two ...


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I, too, am not a lawyer, so cannot give you advice. I can, however, tell you how I think I would act in your circumstances, as I understand them. My understanding of copyright protection is that it does not protect every word or line in a work; it protects only significant portions of a work. As such, I can quote a work verbatim without compensating the ...



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