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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Helen Sedwick, October 2015
Copyright Changes in the Works: Deciding Who Can Use What Without Permission »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2015 by Helen Sedwick, Author and Attoney — For years, US and foreign legislatures have tried to find solutions to the copyright issues of orphan works and mass digitization. The challenge is balancing the interests of copyright owners in protecting their rights with the interest of the public in having access to materials …

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