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Mike Mansel, July/August 2020
What’s the Deal With Publishers Liability Insurance? »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 answers by Mike Mansel, MA, Certified Insurance Counselor, Aegis Insurance Markets — Certified insurance counselor, Mike Mansel, breaks down all you need to know before buying publishers liability insurance. What are some of the missteps publishers take when buying publishers liability insurance? The biggest mistake is for publishers to go to a …

Jonathan Kirsch, July/August 2020
Publishing Law in the Time of COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — Below are the most demanding legal issues that have arisen during the pandemic. Each day of the global pandemic has presented the publishing industry with challenges. Many of them can be seen as opportunities to improve the way publishers do business as …

Lee Klancher, May/June 2020
The Curious Incident of the Red Tractor Rental in the Nighttime »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Lee Klancher, Founder & Publisher, Octane Press — As founder and publisher of Octane Press, I’d never seen a trade book offered for rent until I saw one of our own books on Amazon. Late on the last Sunday evening in January 2020, I was happily exploring the features of my …

Brian O’Leary, May/June 2020
Making Book Rights, Right »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Brian O’Leary, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group (BISG) — The rights business is complex, but BISG makes it easier to understand by creating a standard way to talk about rights. At its core, book publishing is a rights business. Manufacturing, distribution, and retail and library sales are all critical parts …

Jonathan Kirsch, January/February 2020
What New California Labor Laws Might Mean for Publishers »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — California has always been a trendsetter, not only in lifestyle and pop culture but also in law and regulation. And because California represents an important market for publishers across the country, California law has a long reach. That’s why two new developments …

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 …

Steve Gillen, September/October 2018
What You Need to Know About Endorsements »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Stephen E. Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans — Changing methods and media of advertising has changed the application of the basic principles of endorsements. Endorsements are good for business. We know this intuitively. And a 2012 article in the Journal of Advertising Research confirms it empirically, reporting that …

Dee Chips & Steve Gillen, September/October 2018
Two Questions: Title Rights and Libel Laws »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Dee Chips, Owner & Manager, Transpersonal Publishing LLC & Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans — Q1: What are the guidelines for legally releasing a title’s rights back to one of the co-authors of a title when it is unclear as to the other author’s whereabouts? (Their mail …

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