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Steve Gillen, April 2011
Author Warranties: Options for Contract Clauses »

Your book publishing contract probably includes provisions that require the author to make certain promises about the manuscript submitted for publication—that it’s an original work, that it doesn’t infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party, that it isn’t libelous, and so on. Because only the author is in a position to know whether …

Brian Jud, April 2011
Designing Deals: How to Negotiate a Large Book Sale »

      Designing Deals: How to Negotiate a Large Book Sale by Brian Jud Negotiating a large-quantity sale requires a little give and take from each party. The process in which both sides seek to fairly distribute the risk and reward begins at the conclusion of your presentation, when you ask for the order. …

Steve Gillen, December 2010
Pollyanna, Titles, and Trademarking »

Steve Gillen (photo right) is a partner in the intellectual property firm of Wood, Herron & Evans L.L.P. and has focused his practice on publishing and media matters for 30 years. To reach him, email sgillen@whepatent.com or call 513-241-2324. In the early 1900s, Eleanor Porter wrote the first of a series of inspiring books for …

Steve Gillen, November 2010
The Bug Checklist: Protect Yourself Against Snafus in Software Vendors’ Licenses »

Steve Gillen (photo right) is a partner in the intellectual property firm of Wood, Herron & Evans L.L.P. and has focused his practice on publishing and media matters for 30 years. To reach him, email sgillen@whepatent.com or call 513-241-2324. Whether it’s general accounting, royalty reporting, workforce management, CTP imaging, or some other back-office process, the …

Linda Carlson, October 2010
Chunking, Part 2: Rights and Apps for Bits and Pieces »

Linda Carlson (photo right) — lindacarlson.com) writes from Seattle for IBPA’s Independent magazine each month. Found money. That’s one way to describe content that you sell more than once. “Chunking, and Other New Ways to Get More from What You’ve Got” (September) focused on how independent publishers are repackaging material they have already published, or …

Steve Gillen, August 2010
Contract Updates for the E-Book Era »

Steve Gillen (photo right) is a partner in the intellectual property firm of Wood, Herron & Evans L.L.P. and has focused his practice on publishing and media matters for 30 years. To reach him, email sgillen@whepatent.com or call 513-241-2324. Electronic rights and corresponding royalty rates have been the subject of much passionate discussion on both …

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 …

Lee Wilson, March 2010
Copyright Permissions and How to Secure Them »

Copyright Permissions and How to Secure Them by Lee Wilson Copyright owners are given a monopoly on the use of their works to encourage them to create. Under the United States copyright statute, the creator of a copyrighted work has the exclusive right to: • copy or reproduce the work • prepare alternate or “derivative” …

Linda Carlson, February 2010
Do You Know Who’s Using Your Content? Here are Some Tactics for Finding Out. »

Publishers and authors are seriously concerned that their content will be used without attribution and without payment now that anybody can do a quick online search to find—and sometimes appropriate–almost any kind of text or images. Some Web site developers, bloggers, and writers who “borrow” material are unaware they don’t have a legitimate right to …

Joe Donnini, February 2010
Rights at Risk on the Internet »

Joe Donnini, a California attorney, specializes in business, real estate, and intellectual property/entertainment law and teaches several law-school courses, including copyright law. He is also a self-publisher. For more information, visit joedonnini.com or call 310-321-7643. Imagine this: The author of one of your spring 2010 books calls to say that she was searching for her …

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