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Kay Murray and Tad Crawford, January 2014
Basic Moves for Movie and TV Deals »

Kay Murray, formerly general counsel and assistant director of the Authors Guild, is assistant general counsel at Tribune Publishing. Tad Crawford, the founder and publisher of Allworth Press, is an attorney and the author of several books, including Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers and a novel, The Floating Life. This article is derived from their …

Tad Crawford, Joe Donnini, and Nancy Seifer, June 2010
Dealing with Piracy Problems »

Allworth Press, the company I founded more than 20 years ago, publishes many books for graphic designers and creative professionals in related fields. Recently I’ve received a number of emails from upset and worried authors who have found their books available free on the Internet. Pirated titles include Emotional Branding: The New Paradigm for Connecting …

Tad Crawford & Kay Murray, January 2003
Taxes 101: Basic Guidelines for Self-Publishing Beginners – Part I »

“To produce an income tax return that has any depth to it, any feeling,” author Frank Sullivan quipped, “one must have Lived–and Suffered.” The suffering stems not only from the necessity of giving hard-earned money to the government, but also from the nature of dealing with tax regulations. Because tax policy is one of the …

Tad Crawford and Kay Murray, November 2002
Censorship: An Overview of What Government, Libraries, and Schools Can–and Can’t–Suppress »

This article is adapted from the newly revised Third Edition of “The Writer’s Legal Guide: An Authors Guild Desk Reference” by Tad Crawford and Kay Murray, available for $19.95 plus $5 shipping and handling (NY State residents must add sales tax). Order toll-free from 800/491-2808, by mail from Allworth Press, 10 East 23rd Street, New York, …

Tad Crawford and Kay Murray, June 2002
Defamation Dangers »

This article is adapted from the Third Edition of The Writer’s Legal Guide: An Authors Guild Desk Reference by Tad Crawford and Kay Murray. Order toll-free from 800-491-2808 or online at www.allworth.com. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution holds that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or the press,” and …

Tad Crawford and Kay Murray , May 2002
Don’t Run Afoul of Fair Use:
Guidelines on Quoting & Copying »

This article is adapted from the Third Edition of The Writer’s Legal Guide: An Authors Guild Desk Reference by Tad Crawford and Kay Murray. Order toll-free from 800-491-2808 or online at www.allworth.com. Although everyone who deals with intellectual property seems to have heard of “fair use,” misconceptions are rife about what the doctrine makes it “safe” …

Tad Crawford and Laura Mankin, July 1999
The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act »

On October 27, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the “Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act,” which extends the terms of almost all existing copyrights by 20 years, in order to provide copyrights in the United States the same protection they are afforded in Europe. The basic term of copyright protection, the life of the creator …

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