"No writer will want to be without this book." -Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear and other books in The Earth's Children series.
Writing is your passion. Making a living with your words is your dream. Taking charge of your business is the key to having it all.
The Law (In Plain English)® for Writers describes how to take advantage of your skills and profit from your work. It looks at the business of being a writer and explains how to succeed in every area affecting a writer's livelihood. Learn all the essential details of:
Freedom of Information Requests
Book and Magazine Contracts
The ability to work with others is another crucial component in a writer's business. Agents, collaborators and editors can take your work to the next level-discover how to make these relationships work. Designers, illustrators and photographers may be critical to making your writing come alive-use employment and copyright laws to protect yourself. Vanity presses, print-on-demand presses and self-publishing may be your ticket to bigger and better projects-find what you need to know about these alternatives.
For every writer-
whether first-time author, seasoned freelancer or professional journalist-
The Law (In Plain English)® for Writers unveils the mysteries of getting published.
Leonard D. DuBoff began his renowned career teaching law at Stanford Law School. He then taught as a Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, for over twenty-three years. DuBoff served Of Counsel to three Portland area law firms before founding The DuBoff Law Group.
DuBoff is licensed to practice in both New York and Oregon, as well as admitted to over fifteen federal courts-including the United States Customs Court, the United States Court of International Trade, and the United States Supreme Court. His major practice areas include Art Law, Crafts law, International Law, Copyright and Trademark Law, and Business Law.
He is an art lover and enthusiast with over thirty years experience studying, teaching, writing, and breathing art and crafts law. Known as one of the leading authorities on Art Law, DuBoff's works are frequently referenced by judges, lawyers, and anyone interested in knowing about the law in this field. He has served on numerous advisory boards and received several accolades for his work and devotion including the Oregon Governor's Art Award.
DuBoff's influence is immense. He is the author of over fifteen books directly related to art, crafts, galleries, photographers, and publishing, as well as countless articles on the subject. In addition to The Antique and Art Collector's Legal Guide, DuBoff can be found as a frequent contributor to Art Trends Magazine, Communication Arts, Glass Craftsman, Picture Magazine, Woodshop News, and Critical Issues.
DuBoff shares his passion with his wife and three children. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Bert P. Krages II is an attorney who has been practicing law in Portland, Oregon since 1987. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his law degree from the University of Oregon.
He has had a lifelong interest in books and is the author or coauthor of several titles. In addition to representing writers on publishing law and copyright matters, he is nationally recognized as a public advocate for the rights of photographers to document what they see in public places.
Section I: The Writer's Words
Chapter 1: The Freedom to Write -
Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions
Chapter 2: Privacy, Defamation, and Other Content Issues -
Chapter 3: Copyright -
What is Copyright?
What Can Be Copyrighted?
Chapter 4: Copyright Protection -
Creation of Copyrights
Duration of Copyright
Copyright Duration Chart
Registration of Copyrights
Chapter 5: Copyright Infringement -
Chapter 6: Access to Information -
The Freedom of Information Act Request
State Public Information Laws
Access to People and Places
Section II: The Writer's Relationships
Chapter 7: Publishers -
Legal Aspects of Submissions
Dealing with Common Issues
Chapter 8: Literary Agents -
The Duties between Agent and Client
Liability for the Acts of an Agent
Termination of Agency
Chapter 9: Alternatives to Mainstream Publishers -
Vanity and Print-on-Demand Presses
Chapter 10: Working with Other People -
Scope of the Agreement
Warranty and Indemnification
Term of Agreement
Ownership of Rights
Use of Material
Death or Incapacity
Chapter 11: Contracts -
Form of Contracts
Capacity to Contract
Acceptable Form for Written Contracts
Illegal Contracts and Literary Profits Laws
Chapter 12: Book Contracts -
Format and Content of the Manuscript
Warranty and Indemnity
Covenants Not to Compete
Termination and Reversion
Authorship Credit, Free Copies, and Writer Purchases
Chapter 13: Magazine Contracts -
Time Period for Publication
Republication or Adaptation of a Work
Chapter 14: The World Wide Web -
Increased Magnitude for Problems
Using the Web to Evaluate Publishers, Agents, and Editorial Services
Section III: The Writer's Business
Chapter 15: Writing as a Business -
Partnerships and Other Collaborations
The Limited Partnership
The Limited Liability Company
The Limited Liability Partnership
Precautions for Minority Owners
Consulting an Attorney
Chapter 16: Keeping Taxes Low -
Qualifying for Business Deductions
The Home Office Deduction
Other Business Expenses
Grants, Prizes, and Awards
Deferring and Spreading Income
Chapter 17: The Writer's Estate -
Distributing Property Outside the Will
Professional Estate Planning
Chapter 18: Avoiding and Resolving Disputes -
Prudence and Common Sense
Resolving Disputes in General
Going to Court
Selecting an Attorney
Appendix: Internet Resources
About the Authors