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>Tristan Bishop asked about liability insurance for tech writing
While it doesn't cover all the questions you raised, check out the June 1999
issue of Intercom, the STC magazine. There's an article on what the future
may hold in this regard: "UCC-2B Threatens Technical Writers." Worth keeping
an eye on this!
Liability insurance isn't a bad idea if you're an independent. You might
check with the STC office to determine whether the Society has a handle on
group rates for this, as it does on health insurance.