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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 …

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, Writer and Lawyer 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 that …

Steve Gillen, December 2013
Paying Less for Small Copyright Cases »

There’s good news both for copyright owners and for people accused of copyright infringement. The Copyright Office recently issued a long-awaited report and recommendation for a streamlined, low-cost procedure for resolving small copyright infringement claims. Under current U.S. law, copyright owners have some very powerful advantages and remedies at their disposal when it comes to …

Hilary R. Burke, June 2000
Educational Publisher Capitalizes on Copyright Violations »

Publishers of English-language learning texts for non-native English speakers are losing considerable revenue to copyright violations worldwide. Easy access to the photocopier and inexpensive printing has made it possible for language institutions to copy, and in some cases resell, whole books again and again. What can realistically be done about it? This is the question …

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 …

Jonathan Kirsch, July 1999
First Amendment Takes a Hit in Paladin Press Case »

Jonathan Kirsch, a publishing attorney based in Los Angeles, is general counsel of the Independent Book Publishers Association and a recipient of its Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in publishing. Bad facts make bad law, as the old saying goes, and never was it better illustrated than in the case of Rice v. Paladin Press. …

Ivan Hoffman , June 1996
When Do Copyrights Expire? »

PUBLISHED JUNE 1996 by Ivan Hoffman, Attorney The question frequently arises as to when a copyright goes into the public domain so that the material may be freely copied. The answer is not a simple, straightforward one since there have been a number of changes to the United States Copyright law that have made the …

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