Let's be Serious for a Minute About Creative License...

Creative license (also called artistic license) is most often associated with writing fiction and drama. In general terms, however, it describes the freedom any writer may take when handling factual material, which pretty much includes any work published.

As writers, the burden is on us to be educated and informed about the rules (and laws) that surround copyright. Saying, "Gee, I didn't know I couldn't copy his whole chapter verbatim" to an author (or a judge) will not keep any writer from having his hands seriously slapped (and worse) for plagiarism.   

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Today's blog is a combination of Video (Vlog) and written content. I hope you enjoy both!  

Video Blog Transcript

CaZ here, the Writer Success Coach. Back for Day 3 of Jessica Peterson’s Video Challenge. I’d like to be a bit serious for a moment, and talk about originality and creative work.

Did you know that the content of a book belongs to the author unless that author sells the copyright or gives permission to use the work? That’s why when we quote from a book, we include quotation marks and we give credit to the author. Those words in that format belong to the author as her creative property.

A book, a blog post, a recorded song, even this video is a creative work and protected by law against anyone taking the content and claiming it as their own.

It is acceptable to repurpose content. I want to be clear here. Repurpose does not mean retyping an author’s words and saving it in your own word file and putting your name on top as the writer. That’s not repurposing, that’s stealing. Can’t sugar coat it.

Repurpose means to absorb the message. Consume the words. Internalize how you responded to the message. You think about it and consider what you believe to be of value and true. And then you write your version. No two people will ever write the exact same book. And as long as you are using books and blogs and even social media posts as a resource to feed your own creativity, you’ll not be guilty of plagiarizing another’s work.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Have any of you had your creative work misappropriated?

About the Author Candy Zulkosky

CaZ, the Writer Success Coach, understands the power behind being passionate about your business and your life’s endeavors. As a coach and all around cheerleader for her clients, CaZ brings together the full package—clarity, communication, and conversion. As a ghostwriter and content developer, she listens, learns, and comes to understand your goals and your purpose—and then delivers the right words to mix with the images that communicate your message. As an editor and book designer, she brings business acumen, up-to-date publishing experience, and industry know-how to the process of publishing your book.

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