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Copyright Master

28791018So I made a promise to myself at the start of the year that I would try to post every week. But actually, we’re not even a month into the year and I’ve already failed miserably at that.

In my defence, though, I’ve had a lot to do this month (still do, in fact – no rest for the wicked) and updating my blog has been the last thing on my mind.

I have been reading, because it’s important to me to give myself some sort of relaxation time, but I just haven’t had time to update reviews on here. Hopefully next month things will calm down a little, and I’ll have some more time.

In the mean time, though, let me show you guys one of the things which kept me busy this month. I know this is outside the normal bounds of what this blog reviews, but…

At the start of this week, I published my first book. Not a YA Dystopia, or any kind of fantasy book, but Copyright Master is actually a short digital-only guide to copyright in the digital age, designed for writers, songwriters, artists, or anyone who has an interest in copyright in general. It aims to be a short guide to copyright, and I think (I hope!) that’s what it managed to be.

In the interests of consistency, though, let’s do this the right way.

Copyright Master – Aislinn O’Connell

The perfect distillation of everything you need to know about copyright law

Covering everything from copyright’s early history to the protection of cutting-edge software, Copyright Master is a concise, practical guide through the labyrinth of licensing and intellectual property.

Whether by explaining the Creative Commons system, providing a useful guide to takedown notices, or examining the process for licensing orphan works, Copyright Master forms an ideal primer. It will help you use content imaginatively and judiciously, detailing what you can do without licences, including fair use, American legislation and recent amendments to British fair dealing rules. Finally, Copyright Master looks into the future of this rapidly-changing field and examines how the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy will shape digital copyright in the years to come

Packed with tips, links, and other practical information, this is an essential guide for anyone wanting to create and use copyright with confidence.

Having read Copyright Master a few times now, I have to say that I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I think it’s clear, well-organised, and (hopefully) interesting. I’m really proud of my first foray into publishing, and I absolutely think you should buy this book.

In fact, I recommend that you go get it on Amazon right now. 😉

 

Five Stars
*****

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#LBF2013 – Day 1

I went to the first day of the London Book Fair 2013 today.
Being a student, it’s actually free for me to attend, so I intend on making the most of it and will be dropping in on day 2 and day 3 as well.

I didn’t start out until relatively late, it was the afternoon by the time I left my house, and by the time I got to the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre (having had to turn around and go back halfway there because I had forgotten to print my badge) there were plenty of people and a good buzz in the air.

I have never been to a book fair before. I was imagining something along the lines of the grad fairs in the RDS, but obviously with book companies.
I was right, it was something like that. But so. many. times. bigger.

I constantly forget that although Dublin and London are both capital cities, they are in no way, shape or form comparable. The sheer scale of, well, everything in London never ceases to amaze me.

I spent a good two hours wandering around the main exhibition centre and getting incredibly lost. Then when the time came to go to the talk I was most interested in, I couldn’t find the stupid thing.

It took me a good fifteen minutes to find the room I was looking for, mostly because it was on a different floor to the main exhibition centre. I had not been expecting that, hence why I did terribly at finding it. Also, I am not a hufflepuff.

But today was, overall, really interesting. Tomorrow I have a few talks that I’m planning on going to, but I think the one which I’m the most interested in is
Copyright Licensing: Fit for Purpose for the Digital Age,
by Richard Hooper CBE.

I’m really looking forward to that, because I think it’ll be the most relevant talk for me, from the whole three days.

Can’t wait!

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Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

I know it seems trite, if you’re struggling, to hear platitudes like ‘Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem’ and ‘talking is a sign of strength, not weakness’.

I’ve been there. I’ve hated the people spouting those phrases. I’ve contemplated, but never attempted, that final act.

But these phrases are true. Suicide is permanent, irreversible and irrevocably damaging.

Three thousand people die by suicide every day.

For every one completed suicide, there may be 20 or more attempts. Do you know how often that is?

That’s forty attempts per minute and a death every half a minute.

84% of suicides in Ireland two years ago were males.

Talk to someone about it.

Talk to anyone about it. Talk to your dog, to your cat, to a counsellor, to a friend, a professional, a fish, anybody.

Don’t keep it bottled up inside. There’s always help out there, you are never alone.

No man is an island, and there is never a reason to let go of something so precious.

Feeling suicidal is not your fault.

Looking for help is not weakness.

Talking is so, so important.

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If you are feeling suicidal, depressed, or down, or just want to talk, please reach out. Talk to a friend, a family member, a counsellor, a doctor, a professional. Talk to someone.
Samaritans: http://samaritans.org, jo@samaritans.org
Dublin Samaritans: http://dublinsamaritans.ie, 01 872 7700
Pieta House: http://pieta.ie, mary@pieta.ie, 01 601 0000
Please Talk: http://pleasetalk.ie
Reach Out: http://ie.reachout.com

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