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Stephen Gillen, March/April 2018
Textbook Contract Negotiation: You Have More Leverage Than You Think »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2018 by Stephen E. Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans — If you’ve ever been published, then you’ve seen it before: a WHEREAS and a THEREFORE followed by eight or more pages of pre-printed, pedantic prose offered up by the editor as his/her “standard publishing contract.” Other than a few tiny …

Steve Gillen, January/February 2018
A Few Lessons in Publishing and Copyright from 2017 »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans — As we ring in 2018, a look back on what we learned about publishing and the law In with the New Year, out with the old. But before we toss 2017, let’s look at a few lessons it left us at …

Steve Gillen & Sean Owens, July 2017
There’s Something New You Need to Know About Copyright Safe Harbor »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Steve Gillen & Sean Owens, Wood Herron & Evans — If you operate a website where you allow either contributors or site visitors to post content or comments, there is something you need to know: As the website operator, you may be liable for any third-party claims that are triggered by …

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 …

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 …

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