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Jonathan Kirsch, August 2000
What is a “Standard” Royalty? »

Jonathan Kirsch, an attorney specializing in publishing law, serves as pro bono general counsel for the Publishers Marketing Association. He is a partner in the firm of Kirsch & Mitchell in Los Angeles, and author of “Kirsch’s Handbook of Publishing Law” and “Kirsch’s Guide to the Book Contract” (Acrobat Books). Kirsch’s e-mail address is kirschlaw@aol.com. …

Jonathan Kirsch, April 2000
Bigger Stakes (And a Bigger Stick) for Publishers Who Sue Copyright Infringers »

Among the many recent changes in the US Copyright Act is one that offers a crucial benefit to publishers and other copyright owners—an increase in the dollar amount of “statutory” or “in lieu” damages that are available to copyright owners who sue for infringement of a registered work of authorship. Thanks to a recent amendment …

Jonathan Kirsch, December 1999
The Perils of a Foreign Rights Deal »

Question: I have been contacted by a publisher in Eastern Europe who wants to acquire the rights to one of our books, but I cannot tell whether the offer is fair, what kind of contract I will need, and what I can do if the foreign publisher fails to live up to his promises. How …

Jonathan Kirsch, November 1999
Kirsch’s Publishing Law Update »

Publishers often deal with requested changes in language when negotiating contracts with authors. The following are two related questions recently posed by publisher members of IBPA. Question: One of our authors has told me that she wants to change the “grant of rights” clause in our standard publishing contract to a “license of rights.” What …

Jonathan Kirsch, July 1999
First Amendment Takes a Hit in Paladin Press Case »

Jonathan Kirsch, a publishing attorney based in Los Angeles, is general counsel of the Independent Book Publishers Association and a recipient of its Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in publishing. Bad facts make bad law, as the old saying goes, and never was it better illustrated than in the case of Rice v. Paladin Press. …

Jonathan Kirsch , June 1999
The Perils of Publishing about Private Persons »

Jonathan Kirsch, a publishing attorney based in Los Angeles, is general counsel of the Independent Book Publishers Association and a recipient of its Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in publishing. Two recent bellwether cases from the influential California Supreme Court illustrate the risks of publishing works of fact or fiction that depict the lives of …

Jonathan Kirsch, May 1999
Out-of-Print Clauses in the Print-on-Demand Era »

Jonathan Kirsch, a publishing attorney based in Los Angeles, is general counsel of the Independent Book Publishers Association and a recipient of its Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in publishing. Editor’s Note: Beginning with this issue of the “PMA Newsletter,” Jonathan Kirsch, general counsel of PMA and a specialist in publishing law, will discuss recent …

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