The Writer's Legal Guide: An Authors Guild Desk Reference

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The authors, both attorneys, draw on their years of experience on the front lines of advocating creators’ rights and economic interests to give readers a comprehensive survey of the legal and business questions facing anyone who writes professionally. In clear, friendly language, The Writer's Legal Guide explains recent changes in laws governing electronic rights, E-books, fair use, and publishing contracts, so that authors can best protect their interests. Other chapters cover:...

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Overview

The authors, both attorneys, draw on their years of experience on the front lines of advocating creators’ rights and economic interests to give readers a comprehensive survey of the legal and business questions facing anyone who writes professionally. In clear, friendly language, The Writer's Legal Guide explains recent changes in laws governing electronic rights, E-books, fair use, and publishing contracts, so that authors can best protect their interests. Other chapters cover:

- The law of copyright for creators
- Step-by-step copyright registration
- Accounting methods, record-keeping, taxes, and estate planning
- Avoiding legal liability
- Complying with fair use guidelines
- Using royalty collecting societies
- Obtaining permission to use quotes
- Negotiating periodical, syndication, film, television, play, and audio agreements
- Avoiding and resolving business disputes
- Limits of free expression
- Choosing self-publication

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581152302
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,105,494
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Tad
Crawford grew up in the artists' colony of Woodstock, New York. He is the author of many nonfiction books and his writing has appeared in venues such as Art in America, the Café Irreal, Confrontation, Communication Arts, Family
Circle, Glamour, Guernica, the Nation, and Writer's
Digest. The founder and publisher of
Allworth Press, he lives in New York City.

Kay Murray is deputy general counsel of the Open Society Foundations, where she advises colleagues on intellectual property and first amendment and tax matters and negotiates contracts of all kinds. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and was general counsel and assistant director of the Authors Guild from 1994 to 2005. She has also worked as in-house counsel at the Tribune Company, one of the nation’s most prominent multimedia corporations. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Business of Writing 1
Ch. 2 Copyright: Gaining and Keeping Protection 11
Ch. 3 Copyright: Registration and Deposit 29
Ch. 4 Copyright: Works Made for Hire, Joint Works, and Community Property 49
Ch. 5 Copyright: Infringement, Fair Use, and Permissions 61
Ch. 6 Copyright: Past and Present 81
Ch. 7 Other Rights of the Writer 95
Ch. 8 The Limitations on Free Expression 111
Ch. 9 The Freedom of Information Act 131
Ch. 10 Contracts: An Introduction 141
Ch. 11 Negotiating a Book Contract 151
Ch. 12 Periodical and Syndication Contracts 177
Ch. 13 Film and Television Contracts and Dramatic Productions 185
Ch. 14 Electronic Rights, E-Books, and Audio Licenses 197
Ch. 15 Literary Agents and Agency Agreements 211
Ch. 16 Collaboration Agreements 223
Ch. 17 Book Packagers 229
Ch. 18 The Self-Publishing Option and Subsidy Presses 233
Ch. 19 Taxes: Income and Expenses 243
Ch. 20 Taxes: Beyond Schedule C 261
Ch. 21 The Hobby Loss Rule 269
Ch. 22 Estate Planning for Professional Authors 277
Ch. 23 How to Avoid or Resolve Disputes 287
Other Resources and a List of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts 291
Select Bibliography 299
Index 303
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    The Must Read Book for Authors and Aspiring Authors

    If you are an author or an aspiring author this book is a must. This book clearly, and more importantly, properly advises or answers nearly every question that any writer may encounter throughout their careers. This book examines the writers legal rights in every facet of the publishing world. It provides all of the necessary information to successfully comprehend any contract that a writer may deal with. This book is a wealth of knowledge that no author shoudl be without. Simply by reading this book, an author will be better positioned to deal with the complexities involved in contracting in the publishing industry, including, but not limited to, those with agents, for tv and film, plays as well as copyright, infringement, taxes, new industries, author reputation, confidentiality, bankruptcy, termination, options and so on. Authors, by reading this book you will prepare yourself to effectively understand and even negotiate your own contracts. This is not just advice for authors, this is something that all authors should live by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    A Writer's Best Friend

    The Writer's Legal Guide is an invaluable reference for published and unpublished writers alike. Relevant and significant areas of the law are explained in helpful and easy to understand terms. This book is essential to dealing successfully with the business side of publishing, as all writers must at some point in their careers. Learn your rights and responsibilities as a writer, become knowledgeable about Copyright and First Amendment law, and be prepared to handle publishers and agents. The Writer's Legal Guide is well prepared to be your 'guide'.

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