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How to Publish a Bestselling Book

How to Publish a Bestselling Book

Bestselling author Kim Staflund of Polished Publishing Group and I collaborated on a new book for authors entitled “How to Publish a Bestselling Book … and Sell It Worldwide Based on Value, Not Price!” I wrote the copyright law chapter of the book, providing some answers to common questions for authors. Kim was a pleasure to work with and clearly has a wealth of knowledge relevant to authors about getting a running start in the publishing industry.

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The LivThe Orange County Great Park has asked me to speak at a unique event known as “The Living Rooms Talks.”

The Living Room is an installation space that provides a community gathering place for engaging, intimate conversations with local artists set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor. Exhibition décor, curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, features artwork by Orange County artists Jennie Cotterill and Chantal deFelice.

The Living Room Talks take place on the first Sunday of every month from 1–2 p.m. featuring artisans, entrepreneurs and raconteurs sharing their inspiring stories of collaboration.

I’ll be speaking on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Please come and join us!

Orange County Great Park

Sand Canyon and Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618


I was recently interviewed by Brian Thompson of Thorny Bleeder on The Music Biz Weekly podcast. My hope is that our chat will serve as a good introduction to copyright law for musicians. We discussed a lot of topics–including the fundamentals for those who are new to the topic and some complexities for the seasoned copyright geeks. I think you’ll agree, Brian’s no B.S. style and dedication to helping musicians is a breath of fresh air.

The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson. Each week they interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician, among other things. For more information about the podcast and Thorny Bleeder’s vast collection of resources for musicians visit

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I recently sat down with Kyle Williams from the popular website Seeds of Music for an interview on how to protect your music and the importance of copyright law for musicians. Seeds of Music is a blog dedicated to helping aspiring musicians acquire the tools necessary to reach success–a mission close to my heart.

I thoroughly enjoyed my discusion with Kyle. To learn more about him and the Seeds of Music blog visit

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Copyright Symbol Ian GibsonStatutory damages for copyright infringement is a concept that frequently comes up when discussing the benefits of copyright registration or potential recovery in a copyright infringement lawsuit.  It can be a bit confusing to those that are unfamiliar with the term.  However, like most things in the law, you can figure out what a term means by breaking it down into smaller parts.

“Statutory” means something that is required, permitted, or enacted by statute.  Essentially, this term describes any written law.  “Damages” refers to monetary compensation awarded in a civil action — in other words, money won in a lawsuit.  Statutory damages, thus, refers to any monetary awards won pursuant to a statute.

In the copyright infringement context, statutory damages flow from a written law — namely, 17 USC § 504.  This code section provides for the recovery of a range of monetary awards under certain conditions.  Standard, run-of-the-mill copyright infringement statutory damages range between Continue Reading…