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Alan J. Kaufman, December 2001
Avoiding Author Contract Conflict »

I started my career as a literary agent/attorney, went on to become Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a major trade publisher for 20 years, and am now in private practice specializing in representing small- to mid-sized publishers. In other words, I have been on both sides of the negotiating table and have reviewed …

Alan J. Kaufman, October 2001
Defining Libel in Fiction »

Question: One of our editors is working with an author on her first novel. The antagonist of the novel is based on an acquaintance of the author’s; this acquaintance is a man who went on to become successful in his profession despite the author’s belief that he was rather a villain. I know that people …

Alan J. Kaufman, June 2001
Trade Publishing Subsidiary Rights »

Question: What are the basic trade publishing subsidiary rights, and how should proceeds derived from the licensing of subsidiary rights be divided between publisher and author? Answer: Subsidiary rights–those publication and related rights that are in addition to the right to initially publish a book in volume form–include some that are nearly always granted to …

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