Technical Editing:
Legal and Ethical Issues in Editing — Rude 22

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  1. What is a responsibility of editors regarding legal issues?
    They verify that permission to reprint portions of other people's work has been obtained.
    They review instructions and warnings for potentially dangerous products.
    a and b.
    Neither a nor b.
  2. Intellectual property is protected by
    Copyright law
    The Constitution
    Patent law
    None of the above
  3. Which of these would not be protected under copyright law?
    Works of fiction
    Government reports
    Information on the world wide web
    All of the above
  4. What is an editor's responsibility regarding permission to use copyrighted material?
    To verify that permission to use the material has been given.
    To obtain permission to use the material.
    a and b.
    Neither a nor b.
  5. Who owns the copyright for a work produced by a writer working under a "work for hire contract"?
    The writer
    The employer
    Both the writer and the employer
    Neither the writer nor the employer
  6. How long does copyright protection last for a work written for hire?
    95 years.
    85 years.
    75 years.
    65 years.
  7. Copyright protection exists even if no registration has taken place.
  8. What is the advantage of registering a work with the Copyright Office?
    There is no advantage.
    It provides maximum legal protection.
    It provides minimum legal protection.
    It protects your right to sue if the copyright is violated.
  9. Where does the copyright mark appear in a book?
    On the last page
    On the first page
    On the verso side of the title page
    On the recto side of the title page
  10. Who usually requests permission to use copyright material?
    The editor
    The editor's assistant
    The writer
    The writer's assistant
  11. With whom does a trademark need to be registered?
    The Secretary of State.
    The Office of Copyrights.
    The Commerce Department.
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  12. When is the trademark symbol required?
    Every time the product is mentioned.
    The first time the product is mentioned.
    When compiling the index.
    None of the above.
  13. What is an editor's responsibility regarding trademarks?
    There is no responsibility.
    To obtain permission to use the trademark.
    To ensure that the trademark symbol appears when the name of a registered product appears.
    a and b.
  14. What is the best thing that an editor can do to ensure that all hazards associated with a product are accounted for in the product's documentation or instruction manual?
    Request a summary of hazards.
    Read the documentation or instructions carefully.
    Think about how a reader will use the product.
    None of the above.
  15. What is required of an editor regarding ethical behavior in the publishing of document?
    A proactive position in offering information.
    Helping guide the decisions of people who lack specialized knowledge.
    a and b.
    Neither a nor b.

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