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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 …

Victoria Sutherland, October 2017
Foreign Rights: Should You Work with an Agent? »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Victoria Sutherland, Publisher, Foreword Reviews magazine – The worst thing you can imagine about foreign rights will happen if you don’t follow the proper procedures. For instance, you get an inquiry from a foreign publisher. You choose to work on the follow-up yourself and send PDF reading copies via email to the …

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 …

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 …

Lily Ryan, March 2016
Crossing the Pond: The Promise and Pitfalls of the US Book Market for UK Publishers »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Lily Ryan, Head of Marketing, Austin Macauley Publishers As Austin Macauley, an independent publisher of quality literary fiction, nonfiction and e-books, prepares to open a New York office for the first time, we explain some of our reasons for choosing to gain a foothold in the United States, and discuss some …

Steve Gillen, December 2015
A Checklist for Foreign Rights Deals, Part 2: Distribution Contracts »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2015 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans SEE ALSO: A Checklist for Foreign Rights Deals, Part 1: Translation and Adaptation Licenses Some books travel well, even in their US English-language editions. An Arkansas real estate practice book won’t be one of them, but any number of other subjects are …

Steve Gillen, November 2015
A Checklist for Foreign Rights Deals: Part 1, Translation and Adaptation Licenses »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2015 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans SEE ALSO: A Checklist for Foreign Rights Deals: Part 2, Distribution Contracts Foreign rights deals offer an often underexploited but potentially lucrative opportunity for independent publishers. They can add 10 percent or more to your revenue, and since no direct costs are …

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 …

Rhonda Rees, July 2015
My Battle with Pirates »

PUBLISHED JULY 2015 by Rhonda Rees, Publicist Late one evening, shortly after I self-published Profit and Prosper with Public Relations®: Insider Secrets to Make You a Success, I decided to run a Google search for it—and there it was, staring me right in the face. My book, along with hundreds of others, was being given …

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