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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 …

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 …

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 …

Matt Knight, November 2017
Life Story Rights: Clearance and Acquisition for Literary Works »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 by Matt Knight, Author, THE GENE POOL — Truth is stranger than fiction. It is an old adage that, for writers, equals entertainment. Maybe the story is uplifting or heroic, sad or horrific. Maybe the story is a retelling of noteworthy events, a glimpse into the private lives of public figures, or …

Victoria Sutherland, October 2017
Foreign Rights: Should You Work with an Agent? »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Victoria Sutherland, Publisher, Foreword Reviews magazine — The worst thing you can imagine about foreign rights will happen if you don’t follow the proper procedures. For instance, you get an inquiry from a foreign publisher. You choose to work on the follow-up yourself and send PDF reading copies via email to the …

Helen Sedwick, February 2017
Navigating the Legal Landscape of Manuscript Reviews »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Helen Sedwick, Author and Attorney — Suppose you receive an intriguing manuscript that delves into corruption at a major hospital chain, or an edgy novel that transports today’s politicians into a dystopian future of their making. You want to publish the work but wonder if you are diving into legally treacherous …

Steve Gillen, December 2016
What You Need to Know About Fair Use »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Steve Gillen, Partner, Wood Herron & Evans – Copyright protection is automatic in the US and most of the civilized countries of the world. Create a work of original expression, record it, and monopoly rights vest automatically. If that were all it took, though, pushing the envelope of art, science, or …

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