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There is sometimes a small fee payable. Always acknowledge sources of your quotations - then you've kept your word, your side of "bargain".
Also keep copies of your correspondence in event of an unlikely dispute.
Now a bit for Kiwis (and Brits)...
No one can reproduce your work without your permission. New Zealand law closely follows British law. In NZ copyright is usually protected for 50 years after author's death. If a book is published posthumously (nice long word that), copyright extends for 75 years after time of author's death. After that work can be freely used by anyone. No hope for me then... but perhaps my great great grand- children!
As from 1989, New Zealand copyright law requires 3 copies of every NZ publication to go to National Library in Wellington. One of which goes to Alexander Turnbull Library, one to National Library for bibliographical pur- poses, while third is kept at Parliamentary Library in capital in Wellington. Sometimes a publisher might want copyright in exchange for a fee. My advice: It's your work of art. So always retain your copyright... unless you are in dire financial straits, like this aspiring (and perspiring) writer. *
In next lesson (and article) we will look at subject of plagiarism . Wow, that's a big word and I hope I spelt it cor- rectly (especially for you "slick Americans")!
No , I don't mind you using my material and I feel, it may be very hard for another "writer" to closely copy my rather "wacky style of hopefully informing and entertaining at same time".
Anyway, isn't "imitation sincerest form of flattery"?
Craig Lock is an author of numerous books and the creator of the ORIGINAL online creative writing course. http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/creative.html