What our lawyers would like for you to know

Use of content from your book with Wiley

Please get permission from your editor before posting any content, cover or interior images, and endorsements from your book with Wiley on your blog or website.

Use of third-party content online: Content on the Internet is not in the public domain or freely available for your use. The same rules that apply to use of third-party content in your print publication with Wiley apply to use of that content on your website or in connection with your online activities. Please make sure that you secure permission to use any third-party content or images on your website and that you follow any third-party guidelines for use of those materials.

Terms of Use for your website

You can decide to make your original website content available for third parties to use freely or you can require third parties to come to you for permission to use that content. This is something you will inform your readers about in your website or blog Terms of Use. If you choose to retain ownership of your content and require readers to come to you for permission, you can put a copyright notice in your name at the bottom of your website and provide this information in your Terms of Use. If you wish to make some or all of the content on your website (but never the content from your publication with Wiley) available to your readers for re-use, one popular way to do this is through a Creative Commons license (www.creativecommons.com). GNU provides a similar license that is specific to software and documentation for software (www.gnu.org).

In addition to using the Terms of Use to manage the intellectual property in your own content, you can also use them to manage the intellectual property in content posted on your website by third parties. For example, if you are creating a wiki section on your site or a section where users can post comments and you want to be able to incorporate their postings into a future print or online publication, you need to make sure you have the right to do so. It’s much easier to get this permission from a user at the time the user posts the material than after the fact. In order to do so, your Terms of Use need to state that any user who posts content on your website grants you a license to reuse the content without compensation and the user represents and warrants that the content is not infringing or defamatory. You can consult with your editor if this is something you would like to pursue in connection with a future Wiley publication.

The Terms of Use that reflect your decisions on the above issues should be easily accessible on your website.

Privacy Issues

If you are collecting any type of personal information on your website, be it mailing addresses, phone number, or email addresses, you need to be cognizant of the many rules and regulations that govern your use of that information. First, you need to decide if you are going to use the information you collect and how you are going to use it. Then, you need to advise all website users of your intent by placing a Privacy Policy on your website that details the uses that may be made with user information. Last, you need to be sure that you are fully in compliance with the terms of your privacy policy at all times. The Better Business Bureau and other organizations have sample privacy policies on their websites that you can adapt for your own use.

Please note that if you are an author of materials directed to children under the age of 13, you are subject to the more restrictive provisions of the Child Online Privacy and Protection Act. Additional information can be found at http://www.coppa.org/.

Sweepstakes and Contests

Please be aware that sweepstakes and contests are subject to state laws that you need to be sure you comply with. Some states prohibit sweepstakes unless they are registered with state authorities. Others require registration if the prize is over a certain dollar amount. All states prohibit you from requiring sweepstakes entrants to buy something in order to enter the sweepstakes. Even the method by which you choose a winner is governed by state law. If you would like to do a sweepstakes and want to be sure you are in compliance with state laws, please feel free to ask your editor for assistance.

These guidelines are not meant to be comprehensive, and we are not responsible for giving legal advice to you. You should consult other resources, including your own legal counsel if appropriate, if you wish to explore any of these issues further.