I did a post yesterday about the WMG business online workshop and a few people signed up. That surprised me, honestly, because I didn’t intend that post to do that, but instead just show how writers feel they don’t need to learn or don’t want to learn business.
Another area like that is copyright. So I thought I would just ask here if it would be worth Kris and my time to do an extensive six week workshop about copyright.
Now understand, Kris and I make all our money off of licensing copyright.
The seven employees at WMG Publishing Inc. make their money from licensing copyright (except the two that work in the stores and they only make their living part time from copyright. But it is still a factor in their living.)
Kris did an entire year-long series of wonderful articles on her blog about publishing contracts. Yet most writers who read those posts didn’t understand beyond a very superficial level that they are licensing copyright in the contracts.
In the business workshop, I have one tiny copyright quiz and a question about copyright inside of corporations. But it is so basic as to be scary. And most writers don’t know most of the answers to even the most basic copyright questions.
For example, I get questions all the time from authors wondering if they are required to put their own name or the work’s pen name on the copyright page. They are afraid of losing their copyright if they do it wrong.
Or how and why is your work protected in other countries? Or fun things like the nature of property in copyright.
How does a writer make money from copyright without actually selling the base property? Or the real difference between trademark and copyright.
So much stuff, just the basics would easily fill a six week workshop to help writers make money with copyright.
So I’m thinking that later in 2017 it might be fun for me to try to put together a copyright workshop for writers. Not legal advice, just learning how to make money as a writer from what you create by understanding the law.
Anyone interested??? I won’t hold you to anything and I won’t take sign-ups. Just sort of wondering.