The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers

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"A thoughtful, comprehensive, and invaluable guide for writers."—Bernard Lefkowitz, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

"Easy to read and understand . . . should be on every publisher's reference shelf."—Jan Nathan, Executive Director, Publishers Marketing Association

For anyone who has ever faced the confusing web of copyright and libel laws, this practical, problem-solving guide is a godsend. In clear, jargon-free language, legal experts provide the information and techniques you need ...

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Overview

"A thoughtful, comprehensive, and invaluable guide for writers."—Bernard Lefkowitz, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

"Easy to read and understand . . . should be on every publisher's reference shelf."—Jan Nathan, Executive Director, Publishers Marketing Association

For anyone who has ever faced the confusing web of copyright and libel laws, this practical, problem-solving guide is a godsend. In clear, jargon-free language, legal experts provide the information and techniques you need to prepare a manuscript or multimedia work for publication. You'll learn how to:
* Clear rights for all types of copyrighted materials, including quotations, photographs, fine art, motion picture stills, song lyrics, and more
* Protect yourself against libel suits
* Determine if a work is in the public domain
* Assess if quoting without permission qualifies as fair use
* Locate rights holders
* Negotiate clearances

Includes library of sample forms:
* permission letter
* interview release
* model release
* work-made-for-hire agreement
* copyright assignment
* photograph license

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471146544
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/1998
  • Series: Books for Writers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 551,921
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

LLOYD J. JASSIN is a practicing copyright and trademark attorney and a former publishing executive. He has written for publications such as The Authors Guild Bulletin, The Small Press Magazine, and Multimedia Producer.

STEVEN C. SCHECHTER is a lawyer with his own intellectual property practice. He has taught courses in entertainment and publishing law at Seton Hall University School of Law.

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Table of Contents

THE COPYRIGHT PERMISSION MANUAL.

Clearing Rights: An Overview.

Copyright Basics.

Fair Use.

What's in the Public Domain?

What Copyright Doesn't Protect.

Getting Permission.

Dealing with Collaborators and Contributors.

Multimedia Clearances.

THE LIBEL HANDBOOK.

Basics of Libel Law.

How to Minimize Libel Claims.

Basics of Publicity and Privacy.

When and How to Obtain a Release.

Media Perils Insurance.

Appendices.

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