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In the news this week is a case of a toy manufacturer using a song in their ad without permission. They argue that the use is a parody, one of the exceptions permissible under copyright law. It certainly is a bit of a parody — and several factors of awesome better than the toy itself — however, the Beastie Boys who created the song point out that the use is very clearly promoting a product.*
It is indisputably an ad and, for that use, even when remixed and performed fresh, you need permission.
Parody is one of the exemptions from copyright that falls under the category of fair dealing in Canada. We see a more...Read More »
We can be forgiven for confusing discrete and discreet., but they're two words that should always make us pause and think if we're copyediting a document. Both derive from a Latin word, discretus, which means separate. The discrete spelling keeps that sense; the discreet spelling means quiet and cautious.
I keep them straight in my mind by remembering that the island of Crete is a discrete part of Greece.
An editor and writer in the Facebook group Editors' Association of Earth asked for a mnemonic device to keep the two words straight, and there were several memorable...Read More »
Featured Topic: Work-Life Balance
In a work habits survey, 25 percent of respondents don’t use all their vacation time, and 60 percent take less than 20 minutes for lunch. Use today’s News Roundup to create good work habits.
- “Why Taking Time Off Is Good for Your Brain”: Four ways to give your brain a chance to recharge. (Inc.)
- “A 3-Step Alternative to a Machine-Like Workday”: Plus a sample workday that makes use of these steps. (Lifehacker)
- “It’s Not About ‘Productivity.’ It’s About Living Purposefully.”: Your attention is one of your most valuable assets. Are you...
To date in this series, I’ve looked at what questions to ask in an initial interview with a potential client and how to prove your skills. Today, I’ll finish the series by talking about what to do with the information from the sample.
Calculating the Work
As I mentioned last week, I note how many words I edited in the sample (usually edit 500–1,000) and how long it took to do that. From there I calculate:
- The number of manuscript pages to edit
- How many pages per hour I edited on the sample.
- How many hours it will take to edit the entire manuscript...
Featured Topic: Using Words Precisely
We copyeditors look at each word use and judge whether it is the most precise. Today’s News Roundup offers some tips for choosing the right word.
- “Fighting Words”: The difference between defamation, libel, and slander. (Language Corner)
- “Conquer These: ‘Careen,’ ‘Career,’ and ‘Carom’”: When the author uses careen, stop and think whether there’s a better choice. (Sin and Syntax)
- “Spelling Words Ending in ‘-Ise’ or ‘-Ize’”: British English words can take either ending. How do you choose? (The...
Ducks Unlimited is looking for a senior editor to join its Ducks Unlimited magazine team in Memphis, Tennessee. Ducks Unlimited is a nonprofit conservation organization that started more than 70 years ago to protect waterfowl and their habitat. Today, the organization has more than 600,000 members, 850,000 fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter combined, and 533,000 print subscribers for the magazine.
The senior editor will join other editorial staff and freelance contributors in...Read More »
I’ve been a judge for the American Copy Editors Society scholarship competitions for the past three years, and I’m always amazed at the experience and knowledge of some of the applicants. The scholarships reward and encourage young people pursuing a career in copyediting. That’s not a career I was considering at that point. I didn’t apply for my first copy desk job until I was 29.
When I was in college, I knew I liked the editing process. I was thinking of a career somewhere in newspapers or magazines, not necessarily on the copy desk. It’s encouraging that many young people are already thinking about copyediting (we get dozens of applicants each year) and are getting practical experience. But there...Read More »
Featured Topic: Useable Usage
How do you keep up with changing usage and faulty rules? By reading today’s News Roundup, of course!
- “Heavenly Verbs, Headache Verbs”: Do you hanker for some new verbs to punch up a manuscript. Go to this article to find a handy list. (Sin & Syntax)
- “To Helpfully Clarify, to Better Communicate: A History of the Split Infinitive”: The war over split infinitives is long over, yet some people still haven’t received the message. (The Stroppy Editor)
- “Your Ability to Can Even: A Defense of Internet Linguistics”: There’s a pattern to how...
Laura Poole will be our audio/Web-conference organizer for 2014 and will close out our 2013 conferences with “Mastering Style Sheets” on December 12. Laura has been in publishing and coaching for more than 17 years. She founded Archer Editorial Services in 1997 and has been providing scholarly editing for the last 15 years. She has also been training editors for the last 6 years, launching Editorial Bootcamp with a colleague in 2009.
Welcome to the Copyediting team!
Thanks! I’m really...Read More »
The word of the year season starts about the time of retail Christmas season. Oxford Dictionaries announced a unanimous choice among its judges of selfie, an 11-year-old word that certainly came into its own in 2013.
The Oxfordians...Read More »