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Angela Bole, January/February 2021
Director’s Desk: Congrats on the Passage of the CASE Act »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — What to know now that Congress passed the CASE Act. Last year was difficult for many, but we ended 2020 with some very good news to share. On Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed the CASE Act as part of the end-of-year omnibus and …

MJ Courchesne, January/February 2021
What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Copyrighted Content »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRAURY 2021 by MJ Courchesne, Founder & President, Gryphon Publishing Consulting — Infringement and piracy will not go away, so it is important for you to learn what you can do if you find your work available online illegally. Infringement and piracy remain big issues for publishers. A 2017 report from Nielsen Digimarc estimated …

MJ Courchesne, November/December 2020
IBPA Advocacy Committee’s Summary of Ongoing Copyright-Related Cases »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by MJ Courchesne, Founder & President, Gryphon Publishing Consulting — An overview of what the IBPA Advocacy Committee is monitoring and contributing to the copyright-related cases. As a professional trade association dedicated to leading and serving the independent publishing community, IBPA has an intrinsic interest in helping protect its members’ intellectual property …

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 …

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 …

Bonnie Gropp, May/June 2018
Why Source Safe Graphics for Books and e-Books? »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Bonnie Gropp, Communications Manager, Vital Imagery Ltd. — Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! Follow these valuable rules when obtaining images for your book to avoid copyright infringement headaches. The completion of a literary work, whether modest or ambitious, is the culmination of the author’s talent and dedication to …

Steve Gillen, January/February 2018
A Few Lessons in Publishing and Copyright from 2017 »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans — As we ring in 2018, a look back on what we learned about publishing and the law In with the New Year, out with the old. But before we toss 2017, let’s look at a few lessons it left us at …

Deb Vanasse, October 2017
License Your Content »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — More independent publishers should consider licensing arrangements as an alternative revenue source, as the returns can be significant. Amid the everyday challenges of acquisition, production, and marketing, publishers may overlook a significant revenue stream: the licensing of content. “Books are the headwaters of the …

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