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Jen Donovan, February 2015
Getting E-books into Libraries: Terms and Trends »

With the ever-increasing importance of libraries as a way readers can discover new authors and books, and with the growing popularity of digital access, the time has come for a close look at libraries and e-book licensing. It’s important to recognize that most libraries license, rather than buy, their e-books because the first sale doctrine …

Kay Murray and Tad Crawford, January 2014
Basic Moves for Movie and TV Deals »

PUBLISHED JAN 2014 by Kate Murray, Assistant General Counsel, Tribune Publishing | Tad Crawford, Founder & Publisher, Allworth Press — No matter how thrilling it seems to have a film or television producer express interest in your book, you need to bear in mind that movie and TV deals are highly complex, with plenty of …

Nanci L. Danison, October 2012
Legal Pitfalls of Distribution and Fulfillment Contracts »

Whether you have used a distributor or fulfillment house for years, or are newly exploring the possibility, as a publisher you should be aware of legal and financial pitfalls lurking inside these contracts. The terms of a distribution or fulfillment agreement should be spelled out in detail in a written contract and signed by both …

Mary Embree, November 2003
About Collaboration Contracts »

If you will be collaborating with someone else on a book, the first issue to be resolved–as Tad Crawford points out in Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers–is how the copyright in the collaboration will be owned. In every case, all details of the agreement should be spelled out. For example, the names …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D., March 2002
Marketing Provisions in Book Contracts »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2002 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — Book contract provisions that have to do with marketing and promotion can appear in various places within an agreement, but no matter where they appear, they should cover at least the following issues. The Package The book itself is central to issues about marketing and promotion …

Alan J. Kaufman, December 2001
Avoiding Author Contract Conflict »

I started my career as a literary agent/attorney, went on to become Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a major trade publisher for 20 years, and am now in private practice specializing in representing small- to mid-sized publishers. In other words, I have been on both sides of the negotiating table and have reviewed …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D., August 2001
Out of Print Provisions in Book Contracts »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2001 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — What constitutes “out of print” in the world of print books and now-with the advent of print on demand-in the electronic world can be a significant legal and business issue for both publishers and authors. This clause in a book contract is often glossed over, but …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D., January 2001
On-Demand Printing Contract Provisions »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2001 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — With the already happening revolution in printing, what sorts of contract provisions are to be included in an on-demand printing agreement? If you’re a publisher (licensor) controlling on-demand rights in your author agreement, or you’re an author who has reserved such rights in your agreement with …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D. , April 1999
The Cover Artist/Illustrator Contract »

PUBLISHED APRIL 1999 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — In what appears to be a frequently occurring situation, publishers seem to pay cover artists and illustrators to do work on the publisher’s books without having sufficient writing covering the issues about who owns the rights to the artist’s/illustrator’s work as well as other clauses. Or …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D., July 1998
The Agency Agreement »

PUBLISHED JULY 1998 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — So you have finally found an agent to represent you and your work. Congratulations! And now the agent has presented his or her “standard” agency agreement to you for your signature. Let me cover some of the important provisions of this agreement so that you might …

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