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Dana Lynn Smith, February 2010
The FTC, Affiliates, and Me »

Dana Lynn Smith (photo right), author of the Savvy Book Marketer Guide series at SavvyBookMarketer.com, has 15 years of publishing experience. Her Savvy Book Marketer blog offers marketing tips for authors, and her Top Book Marketing Tips e-book is free when you sign up for her free e-zine. On my blog and e-zine, I review …

Jonathan Kirsch, February 2010
What New FTC Guidelines Mean for You: Pointers for Publishers, Authors, Bloggers, and Blurbers »

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. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Federal Trade Commission has issued new and updated guidelines regarding the use of endorsements and testimonials, …

Jonathan Kirsch, December 2009
Red Flags: What to Watch Out for in Books You Want to Publish »

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. Here are a few questions that every publisher and author ought to ask (and answer) before publishing a book: Do I have the right to …

Linda Carlson, May 2009
Rights Snafus: Ways to Keep Authors in Tune with Contract Provisions »

      Rights Snafus: Ways to Keep Authors in Tune with Contract Provisions by Linda Carlson How can you protect the material you’ve published from missteps by authors who exercise rights that belong to you? Jonathan Kirsch and Lloyd Rich, two attorneys who work often with IBPA members, recommend being vigilant about monitoring both …

Jonathan Kirsch, February 2009
What the Google Settlement Means for Publishers and Authors »

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. A new age in book publishing began in 2004 when Google, Inc., announced an ambitious plan to create an online database containing a vast number …

Glenn Dickinson, April 2008
Three Legal Hazards to Avoid on the Web »

Glenn Dickinson is an intellectual property attorney with LightGabler LLP. He specializes in intellectual property, trademark, copyright, and Internet law. According to U.S. Commerce Department statistics, Internet retail sales amounted to $34.7 billion in the third quarter of 2007, an increase of 27 percent from the third quarter of 2006. This surge might lead the …

John Kremer, November 2007
Rights Sales: For Best Results, Slice and Dice »

John Kremer (photo right) is the author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, 6th ed., and developer of the New York Times Bestseller Promotion. For more information, see www.bookmarket.com. One of the most important things to remember when buying and selling subsidiary rights is that every right can be cut into as many pieces …

Lee Wilson, August 2007
Permissions for Photos »

If you ever use photographs of private individuals in any project, getting written releases should be a routine part of your business that you never neglect. This is true even—or perhaps especially—if you are a cottage-industry, spare-bedroom entrepreneur. If you use the name or even a recognizable description of a living individual in any literary …

Lee Wilson, January 2007
What’s at Stake in the Google Library Suits »

    ECONOMIC ISSUES   What’s at Stake in the Google Library Suits   by Lee Wilson   Google’s announcement that it planned to let users search books from libraries throughout the world was not met with joy in the publishing industry. In fact, it gave rise to lawsuits from the Authors Guild and the …

Lee Wilson, September 2006
My Fame, My Income: A Quick Course in the Right of Publicity »

Private individuals have privacy rights, and, to a lesser extent, so do celebrities. In most circumstances, however, only celebrities have the right of publicity. That’s because they are generally the only people with the sort of name recognition that makes their identity valuable in the marketplace.   The right of publicity differs from the better-known …

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