Here is a list of articles we put together to provide authors with some good self publishing guidelines for avoiding legal issues. These articles give you a good overview of some of the legal issues that can be involved in self publishing including getting permissions, using photos, defamation, privacy and more.
These self publishing guidelines for avoiding legal issues are particularly important to read if you are writing a memoir, expose or quoting extensively from other articles or books.
General answers to questions about Copyright. Please note that you do NOT need to have your book registered by the US Copyright Office to be protected by copyright law.
Good article on Fair Use which sometimes allows you to make limited use of another copyrighted work without asking permission.