Ignorance is not bliss in the information age. If you create original works, you must understand copyright law or risk becoming a skid mark on the information superhighway. The Copyright Handbook provides you with all the information and forms you'll need to protect all types of creative expression under U.S. and international copyright law. Written in plain English, this must-have handbook tells you everything you need to know about: *how to register a written work with the copyright office *what works can be protected *when and how to use a copyright notice *copyright protection for works for hire, adaptations, new editions, electronic mail and compilations (databases and catalogs) *rights and duration of ownership *transfer of copyright ownership *what constitutes infringement and how to avoid it *how to recognize an adapted or recast work *fair use: when and how copyrighted material can be used *electronic publishing rights *registration of multimedia works and multimedia rights *how to protect written works on the Internet The Copyright Handbook provides you with the step-by-step instructions and all the forms you need to register your copyright, as tear-outs and on CD-ROM. Completely updated to provide the latest in law and court rulings, the 7th edition provides an all new chapter that covers taxation of copyrights, including how to deduct writing business expenses and avoid the pitfall of the IRS's hobby loss rule.