WHY SOME AUTHORS NEED A LAWYER?
Here are some reasons why some authors need a lawyer to protect their works and keep things running smoothly.
Copyright Your Content
All writers should be able to protect their work from being stolen by someone else. If you publish a work that you intend to sell or earn money from, make sure you are the copyright holder of your work before publishing it. It is also important to keep your work nearby and only let those who should see it have access to a copy, such as editors, proofreaders, and publishers. If someone else is going to see it, such as a beta reader, friend, or family member, have him or her sign a non-disclosure agreement.
2. Contract assistance
One of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to make sure you have a good lawyer to review your contracts. When you work with publishers, a lawyer can help you understand the details of your contract. If you work with ghostwriters, editors, proofreaders, printers, or anyone else who will work with or help your work, it is important to make sure that all your hopes and responsibilities are detailed in your contract.
3. Avoid plagiarism
You should never copy someone else’s work and publish it as your own. Check the standards for fair use if you are quoting a source or someone else’s research, and always make sure you give credit where it is needed.
4. Avoid Defamation
If someone can think that your work costs them money, goodwill, relationships, work, or reputation, they can sue you. In many cases, they do not even have to prove that it was done, only that it could have been the reason. Many people think that they can defend themselves by changing their names and identities, it can still be considered defamation.
What about you? Do you use some legal services when you are writing a new book?
Why some writers need a lawyer