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Fan Fiction FAQs star[offsite link]
Questions about the legality of writing Fan Fiction answered.

Including your writing in your will star[offsite link]
Important advice from Neil Gaiman on creating a will specifically to ensure your published and unpublished work will be handled the way you want after you die.

Negotiating contracts star[offsite link]
Advice from Science Fiction writer Tara Harper

Ten myths about copyright star[offsite link]
Brad Templeton talks about the ten biggest myths about copyright law.

Understanding contracts star[offsite link]
Moira Allen of Writing-World.com discusses publishing contracts.

Understanding rights and copyrights star[offsite link]
Writing Worldīs Moira Allen discusses rights and copyright.

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All new writers need to know about copyright law and Fair Use or they may end up in serious legal trouble for copyright infringement.

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Dave Taylor analyses a standard contract and highlights the points you need to consider.

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