This 116 page free e-book addresses the needs of artists and is written in plain and understandable English. It includes a series of essays on the basics of copyright, trademark, fair use, public domain and has chapters written specifically for visual artists, writers and filmmakers.
Read it online and/or print it out:
If you prefer to have a printed version, one can be ordered for $10 from: http://www.lulu.com/content/171535
This resource is provided by Public Knowledge,
a Washington, DC based advocacy group, and is edited by:
David Bollier, Gigi Bradford, Laurie Racine and Gigi B. Sohn