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Angela Bole, March/April 2019
Director’s Desk: Understanding IBPA’s Position on Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Why we signed an appeal against the new software system that takes advantage of authors. On Feb. 13, 2019, IBPA joined 37 other book industry associations on an open appeal to readers and librarians from the victims of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). View …

Leonard DuBoff, Amanda-Ann Bryan, March/April 2019
What Publishers Need To Know About Copyright Notices »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Leonard D. DuBoff and Amanda-Ann Bryan, Lawyers/Authors — Two lawyers navigate the lay of the land for book copyright notices. Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from the book The Law (in Plain English) for Publishers. Works published under the 1909 Copyright Act had to contain the proper notice in …

Lee Foster, September/October 2018
Late Justice »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Lee Foster, Author, An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing — After almost 20 years, a writer receives compensation for copyright infringement. A check for $2,935.66 appeared in my mailbox on April 30, 2018. The check was for a little late justice, about 20 years after the offense. Checks of varying amounts …

Steve Gillen, September/October 2018
What You Need to Know About Endorsements »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Stephen E. Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans — Changing methods and media of advertising has changed the application of the basic principles of endorsements. Endorsements are good for business. We know this intuitively. And a 2012 article in the Journal of Advertising Research confirms it empirically, reporting that …

Dee Chips & Steve Gillen, September/October 2018
Two Questions: Title Rights and Libel Laws »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Dee Chips, Owner & Manager, Transpersonal Publishing LLC & Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans — Q1: What are the guidelines for legally releasing a title’s rights back to one of the co-authors of a title when it is unclear as to the other author’s whereabouts? (Their mail …

Bonnie Gropp, May/June 2018
Why Source Safe Graphics for Books and e-Books? »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Bonnie Gropp, Communications Manager, Vital Imagery Ltd. — Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! Follow these valuable rules when obtaining images for your book to avoid copyright infringement headaches. The completion of a literary work, whether modest or ambitious, is the culmination of the author’s talent and dedication to …

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 …

Matt Knight, November 2017
Life Story Rights: Clearance and Acquisition for Literary Works »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 by Matt Knight, Author, THE GENE POOL — Truth is stranger than fiction. It is an old adage that, for writers, equals entertainment. Maybe the story is uplifting or heroic, sad or horrific. Maybe the story is a retelling of noteworthy events, a glimpse into the private lives of public figures, or …

Deb Vanasse, October 2017
License Your Content »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — More independent publishers should consider licensing arrangements as an alternative revenue source, as the returns can be significant. Amid the everyday challenges of acquisition, production, and marketing, publishers may overlook a significant revenue stream: the licensing of content. “Books are the headwaters of the …

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