The Writer's Legal Companion

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For most writers, negotiating the legal maze of publishing is as challenging as getting their words in print. This comprehensive guide offers writers solid advice on all aspects of publishing law. Candid and readable, it covers everything from copyrights and taxes to libel laws, subsidiary rights, and the obscure clauses in publisher's contracts. An important resource for editors, agents, or anyone in print or electronic publishing, this updated third edition of The Writer's Legal Companion features essential, ...
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Overview

For most writers, negotiating the legal maze of publishing is as challenging as getting their words in print. This comprehensive guide offers writers solid advice on all aspects of publishing law. Candid and readable, it covers everything from copyrights and taxes to libel laws, subsidiary rights, and the obscure clauses in publisher's contracts. An important resource for editors, agents, or anyone in print or electronic publishing, this updated third edition of The Writer's Legal Companion features essential, irreplaceable information. Whether you write an occasional magazine article or publish a new book every year, The Writer's Legal Companion will save you time, make you money, and reduce your anxiety over the business of publishing.
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The aim of these two volumes is the sameto inform certain groups of their legal rights and responsibilities. Both are excellent resources, clearly written for lay users. The Artist's Friendly Legal Guide, by four members of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, covers copyright, the evolving area of moral rights, contracts for artwork, and tax concerns. Questions and answers are included after each section to cover minor points of law; sample legal forms are also given. Intended for professionals in the fine arts, this guide is recommended for legal and art collections. The Writer's Legal Companion covers some of the same areas but naturally focuses on writers' concerns and gives particular emphasis to copyright and defamation. Sample forms are included here as well. Because the intended audienceany persons in the writing or publishing fieldsis larger than those in art specifically, this book is recommended. Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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A guide for writers in dealing successfully with copyrights, contracts, libel, taxes, agents and publishers, legal relationships, and marketing strategies. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201144093
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Publishing Contract 5
2 Publishing in Magazines 69
3 Collaboration 85
4 The Legal Relationship between Writer and Agent 103
5 Watch your Words: The Confusing Law of Defamation 115
6 The Right to be Left Alone: Protecting Privacy and Publicity 133
7 What is Copyright? 143
8 Copyright Formalities 165
9 How to Protect your Copyright 195
10 Tax and the Freelance Writer 201
11 Legal Resources for the Writer 211
12 The Author and the Business of Publishing 225
13 New Information Technologies and the Author 269
App. A Resource Directory 283
App. B A Glossary of Publishing Terms 291
App. C Publishing Agreements 299
App. D Copyright Material 319
App. E Permissions Guidelines 331
App. F Author's Questionnaire 339
Index 345
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