Article Category - "Legal"


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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 …

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 …

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 – Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! 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 …

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 …

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 …

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? …

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