Legal Information Resources for AuthorHouse Authors
- International Copyright: Principles, Law, and Practice by Paul Goldstein Front flap summary: “This book surveys and analyzes legal doctrines affection copyright practice around the world, in both transactional and litigation settings. It provides a step-by-step methodology for advising clients involved in exploiting creative works in or from foreign countries… National copyright rules on protectible subject matter, ownership, term, and rights are covered in detail and compared from country to country, as are topics on moral rights and neighboring rights. Separate sections cover such important topics as territoriality, national treatment and choice of law, as well as the treaty and trade arrangements that underlie substantive copyright norms.”
- www.copyright.gov: Provides many resources for information on US copyright statutes. On the home page, there is a direct link to copyright information related to literary works.
- www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_copyright_law: This website provides multiple resources and links to information regarding US copyright law.
- www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue8_10/ewing: Internet journal article titled Copyright and Authors by John Ewing. Article Abstract: “For the past several hundred years, publishers have promoted a simplistic view of copyright. Copyright is a matter of fairness to authors, they argue. Authors own their creations and therefore should be free to control them. But the history of copyright and its underlying philosophy contradicts that simple view. Copyright is not about fairness to authors; copyright is about balancing interests, including the interest of the public. This article provides a (very!) brief history of copyright and its philosophy in order to show that the publishers’ simple view is inaccurate, and suggests that understanding copyright’s nature is the first step to solve the problems of copyright in the modern world.”
- The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers by Lloyd J. Jassin and Steve C. Schecter
Back cover summary: “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.”
Defamation, Libel, and Slander
Publishing Law and Other Helpful Resources
- The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law: This book provides “…crucial advice on how writers can guard against libel and copyright infringement.”
- Kirsch’s Handbook of Publishing Law: For Authors, Publishers, Editors and Agents by Jonathan Kirsch. Back cover summary: “[The book] is an indispensable quick-access resource book covering the full range of legal issues in publishing—from idea protection through book development and publication to the final reversion of rights. Written by a veteran author, lawyer, critic and award-winning book industry expert, Kirsch’s Handbook is a lively, clear, and accessible manual for the lay reader and user.”
- www.CopyLaw.com: This website is supported by the Law Offices of Lloyd J. Jassin (author of reference #8) and includes resources and links to many articles and information on “copy” laws for writers and publishers. Website slogan: “Making Sense of the Complex and Puzzling World of Copyright, Trademark, Publishing, Internet and Entertainment Law.”
- http://www.writermag.com/wrt/default.aspx?c=a&id=373: Website is home to The Writer Magazine and the article “Libel and ‘on spec’” by Kelly James-Enger. The rather short article obviously discusses the issue of libel as it pertains to a writer. The website in general (www.writermag.com), though, provides multiple links and search opportunities for many articles and information on legal issues for writers.
- Writer’s Digest Magazine: The magazine offers multiple resources and learning opportunities for writers, including information on legal matters such as libel and invasion of privacy. Writersdigest.com is also a resource to go along with the magazine and good tool through which to search for information.
- http://www.pupress.princeton.edu/about_pup/authors/perm_FAQ.html: The website is hosted by the Princeton University Press and is a Frequently-Asked-Questions site in regards to copyright and permission responsibilities of the author.
- www.thedabblingmum.com: Website offers many useful resources and articles for authors. Copyright, defamation, and libel are a few of the legal issues to which the website concentrates, along with multiple links to other resources within the many categories and issues the site addresses.
- http://www.writersmarket.com/encyc/index.asp: Website offers a detailed resource index of issues pertaining to writers and authors, including legal issues such as libel, author liability, piracy, trademark, among others.
- The Writer’s Legal Guide: An Authors Guild Desk Reference, 3rd Ed. by Tad Crawford and Kay Murray. Back cover summary: “…this valuable desktop guide answers virtually any question writers are likely to face concerning their rights and the law. Fully updated with the latest information on electronic rights and expanded coverage of fair use and permissions, this new Third Edition features the latest changes in copyright law, book contracts, agency contracts, collaboration agreements, limits of expression, the Freedom of Information Act, and tax laws.”
- The Writer’s Legal Companion: The Complete Handbook for the Working Writer by Brad Bunnin and Peter Beren. Back cover summary: “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 book] features essential, irreplaceable information…”
- Author Law A to Z: A Desktop Guide to Writers’ Rights and Responsibilities by Sallie Randolph, et. al. Back cover summary: “Written by a quartet of savvy, straight-talking author-lawyers—[the book] is chock-full of helpful how-to advice (organized alphabetically and extensively cross-referenced). Discussions of key concepts and legal issues related to the business of writing and publishing are supplemental with useful tips, author experiences, practical advice, examples, case notes, and more.”
- Literary Law Guide for Authors: Copyrights, Trademarks and Contracts in Plain Language by Tonya Marie Evans and Susan Borden Evans. Back Cover summary: “An indispensable legal reference tool for writers, publishers, agents and attorneys. Provides explanations, definitions and illustrations that teach you how to protect your work and how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with writing that may expose you to legal liability. Breaks down complicated boilerplate language most commonly included in publishing contracts and provides comprehensive analysis. Include valuable forms commonly used by authors, like copyright and trademark registration forms, and publishing, work-for-hire, licensing, permissions, and collaboration agreements.”
- Every Writer’s Guide to Copyright and Publishing Law: Third Edition by Ellen M. Kozak. Back cover summary: “Ellen M. Kozak, herself an author and a lawyer, covers matters such as publishing contracts, libel, privacy, electronic property, moral rights, “Son of Sam” laws, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and product liability, among others. For anyone involved in the book business—writers, editors, publishers, agents, lawyers, scholars, and even critics with questions about intellectual property—this authoritative and accessible desk reference is truly indispensable.
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