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There are a lot of on-line resources that make our work a lot easier.  Here are links to some that you may find useful or interesting.

Author Organizations

The National Writers Union UAW Local 1981 is the only labor union that represents freelance writers.

The Society of Authors is a non-profit making organisation, founded in 1884, "to protect the rights and further the interests of authors".

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.


The United States Copyright Office provides a very useful website that is both easy to navigate and full of  very useful information.

The Stanford University Libraries have compiled an excellent site that explore Fair Use and Copyright.

Copyright Licensing

The Authors Registry acts as a clearinghouse or payment agent for organizations wishing to distribute payments to individual U.S.-resident authors.

The Copyright Clearance Center makes knowledge sharing possible with a suite of content licensing and permissions services that enable businesses and other enterprises to collaborate effectively, while ensuring that they respect the intellectual property of others.

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

The Harry Fox Agency is the foremost mechanical licensing, collection, and distribution agency for music publishers in the U.S.

WATCH is a database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent people in other creative fields.

Performing Rights Organizations

There are three performing rights organizations in the United States.  Each is a business that represents the interests of songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for the public performance of their music.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)



Thomson CompuMark develops and delivers intelligent trademark information and trademark research services.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office website is the first site to visit when considering the registration of a trademark in the USA.​​