Because of tremendous growth in the interactive multimedia industry and significant changes in the law, attorneys Brinson and Radcliffe have revised and greatly enlarged their Multimedia Law Handbook (Ladera Pr., 1994) with this new title. It is designed to help nonlawyers understand and deal with legal and business issues involved in creating and distributing multimedia products. The book contains 24 chapters covering such topics as laws affecting copyright, trademarks, contracts, and sales; development, distribution, and licensing agreements; dealing with independent contractors, employees, and unions; writing for multimedia; using music; negotiating with publishers and distributors; protecting intellectual property rights; and educational issues. Numerous examples and checklists to help the reader understand how the law is applied to actual situations are provided. Also supplied within the margins are helpful cross references to related sections of the book. About a quarter of this handbook consists of appendixes; the copyright law and forms; 22 sample contracts (also included on disc); lists of multimedia associations, agencies, and unions; and a glossary. This comprehensive, clearly written handbook offers sound, practical advice to multimedia developers and publishers. Recommended for business collections.Leonard Grundt, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Legal eagle authors Brinson and Radcliffe offer a "preventative" guide to cyber law intended to help multimedia developers avoid lawsuits by outlining the basic legal principles involved in producing and distributing products. The manual introduces basic legal principles such as copyright, trademark, contracts and agreements through every phase of operation from writing a title to complying with union rules. The accompanying disk contains 22 sample contracts for multimedia, and the appendices feature listings of providers, clearance firms, and resources. Lacks a bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)