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Steve Gillen, December 2016
What You Need to Know About Fair Use »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Steve Gillen, Partner, Wood Herron & Evans Copyright protection is automatic in the US and most of the civilized countries of the world. Create a work of original expression, record it, and monopoly rights vest automatically. If that were all it took, though, pushing the envelope of art, science, or culture …

Steve Gillen, October 2016
What You Need to Know About Copyright Mandatory Deposit »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans You could be in the book publishing business for a very long time and never see one. But if by chance it one day appears, it will likely have come to you in the mail from the Office of the Register of …

Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen, September 2016
Getting the Royalty Treatment »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Juli Saitz (Ankura Consulting Group) & Steve Gillen (Wood Herron & Evans) The relationship between publisher and author is an interdependent one. If the author doesn’t write well and on schedule, the publisher has nothing to develop, market, and sell. On the other hand, no matter how well an author writes, …

Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen, May 2016
A Crash Course on Royalty Audits »

PUBLISHED MAY 2016 by Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen In the typical transaction between a book author and a publisher, the author grants to the publisher certain exclusive rights in a manuscript and, in exchange, gets from the publisher a right to receive a portion of the publisher’s proceeds from commercial exploitation of the rights …

Steve Gillen, March 2016
Who Do You Think You’re Dealing With? »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans Most of your authors work independently—as individuals. Consequently, the form of publishing contract you have developed for your publishing business undoubtedly reflects that, calling for your author’s personal name and residence address in the preamble or recitals. But every once in a …

Steve Gillen, December 2015
A Checklist for Foreign Rights Deals, Part 2: Distribution Contracts »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2015 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans SEE ALSO: A Checklist for Foreign Rights Deals, Part 1: Translation and Adaptation Licenses Some books travel well, even in their US English-language editions. An Arkansas real estate practice book won’t be one of them, but any number of other subjects are …

Steve Gillen, November 2015
A Checklist for Foreign Rights Deals: Part 1, Translation and Adaptation Licenses »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2015 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans SEE ALSO: A Checklist for Foreign Rights Deals: Part 2, Distribution Contracts Foreign rights deals offer an often underexploited but potentially lucrative opportunity for independent publishers. They can add 10 percent or more to your revenue, and since no direct costs are …

Steve Gillen, December 2013
Paying Less for Small Copyright Cases »

There’s good news both for copyright owners and for people accused of copyright infringement. The Copyright Office recently issued a long-awaited report and recommendation for a streamlined, low-cost procedure for resolving small copyright infringement claims. Under current U.S. law, copyright owners have some very powerful advantages and remedies at their disposal when it comes to …

Steve Gillen, November 2013
Tools for Dealing with Piracy, Including a Brand New One »

It’s a ubiquitous complaint these days: One of your titles is being offered as a free download by a Website. Your author saw the offer during one of the Internet searches she does from time to time to see how her work is being received and reviewed. She wants to know what you are going …

Steve Gillen, October 2013
Use Source Works Safely »

Maybe it was something you saw in a magazine or at a bookstore. Maybe it was something you saw online. Maybe it was something that caught your eye in an unsolicited query letter or proposal—a good idea in poorly skilled hands. In any event, wherever you first saw it, it inspired you to develop and …

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