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Legal Aspects of Writing and Author Rights Course

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About Course

To impart knowledge on protecting your writing and approaching your writing as a business.


Duration: 1 Week


Mode of Study – Self-paced online learning.




Though our courses are about imparting knowledge and skills, not an academic/theoretical approach to writing, there will be a self-assessment quiz to gauge your retention of the lessons learned.




Self-assessment quiz: The quiz is graded out of 100%. The pass mark is 80% to have successfully completed the course.




We will award you a certificate for successfully completing the course.


What Will You Learn?

  • About copyrights, what is (not) protected, how works get copyrighted, fair use, and copyright registration.
  • About plagiarism, trademarks, libel, and other legal infelicities to avoid.
  • Business approach to writing – selling rights to your text, invoicing, VAT and taxes, and getting paid for your writing.
  • The rights in your text – article rights, book rights, electronic rights, and public lending rights.
  • The essentials of a publishing contract and what to look for before signing one.
  • About literary agents and author licensing and collecting societies (ACLs).

Course Content

  • Getting Started
  • Lesson 1 – Copyright & What Copyright Protects
  • Lesson 2 – How Works Get Copyrighted
  • Lesson 3 – Copyright and Fair Use/Fair Dealing
  • Lesson 4 – Copyright Registration
  • Lesson 5 – Plagiarism
  • Lesson 6 – Trademarks
  • Lesson 7 – Libel & Other Things to Avoid
  • Lesson 8 – Selling Rights in Your Text
  • Lesson 9 – Book Rights
  • Lesson 10 – Electronic Rights
  • Lesson 11 – Creative Commons Licenses
  • Lesson 12 – Publishing Contracts
  • Lesson 13 – Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society & Public Lending Right
  • Lesson 14 – Pitching Your Manuscript
  • Lesson 15 – Commissions and Briefs
  • Lesson 16 – Money, Invoicing and Chasing Payments
  • Lesson 17 – Income Tax and VAT
  • Self-assessment Quiz
  • Course Completed

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An informative course on matters copyright, legal protection of works, author rights, and how to earn from your writing. It is a good resource for authors at whatever level in their writing career.
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