Article Category - "Legal"


Independent Articles
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 …

Matt Knight, September 2017
The World of Fan Fiction: Where Creative Expression and Copyright Collide »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2017 by Matt Knight, Author, THE GENE POOL – Popular books, movies, or cable shows often inspire devoted fans to write their own fictional stories about beloved characters, settings, or plots. Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Captain Kirk and Spock, Harry Potter, Edward and Bella—all have moved fans to channel their inner creativity and …

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 what …

Helen Sedwick, February 2017
Navigating the Legal Landscape of Manuscript Reviews »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Helen Sedwick, Author and Attorney Suppose you receive an intriguing manuscript that delves into corruption at a major hospital chain, or an edgy novel that transports today’s politicians into a dystopian future of their making. You want to publish the work but wonder if you are diving into legally treacherous waters. …

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 …

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, …

Lynn Rosen, September 2016
Independent Counsel »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent consulting editor Three legal mavens give us a perspective on the important issues independent book publishers should be aware of. Jonathan Kirsch Founder and principal, Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch, APC What are some of the important legal issues at play in the book publishing industry today? …

Jonathan Lyons & Jesseca Salky, September 2016
Termination of Book Publishing Rights: An Overview »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Jonathan Lyons & Jesseca Salky, Founding Partners, Lyons & Salky Law LLP The US Copyright Act of 1976 presents authors and their statutory successors the opportunity to terminate previous grants copyrighted work rights. For evergreen titles, this can be a very lucrative opportunity; for publishers of such copyrighted titles, where these …

Deb Vanasse, September 2016
Legal Quandaries »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Deb Vanasse, IBPA Independent Staff Reporter Contracts, copyright, trademark, permissions—the legal challenges of publishing can seem overwhelming. But by taking a proactive stance and making the most of available resources, savvy publishers confront legal issues head-on. The Dotted Line At the heart of publishing is the author-publisher relationship. Clear, enforceable contracts …

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 …

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