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Foreign Publishing Deals (Revised 2019) 

Foreign Publishing Deals-Further Issues

Territorial Publishing Provisions (Revised 2019)

What Happens After Frankfurt?

Articles About Contracts


The Book Publisher's Legal Check List

The Permission Form (Revised 2018)

Are Your Invoices Legally Sufficient?

Giving Up Your Rights

The Ten Key Negotiating Points In An Author-Publisher Agreement (Revised 2019) 

The Cover Artist/Illustrator Agreement

The Book Editor Agreement

Book Club Clauses in Publishing Contracts

The Interview Release (Revised 2019)

The Gap Trap

Warranty and Indemnity Clauses in Book Contracts

Unbundling The "Bundling" Clause in Computer Book Contracts

Cross-Collateralization in Publishing Contracts

Further Fallacies About Cross-Collateralization

Reversionary Rights in Book Publishing Agreements (Revised 2019)

The Peculiarities of Computer Book Contracts

Revised Edition Clauses In Book Contracts

The 2 (Or More) Book Publishing Deal

Royalty Calculations in Book Publishing Agreements (Revised 2019)

Merchandising Rights in Publishing Agreements (Revised 2018)

Look Before You Sign: Restrictive Licenses

The Agency Agreement

Owned and Controlled Licenses

Private Laws

Publisher Liabilities to Authors and Others

Electronic Issues in Publishing Contracts

Out of Print Provisions in Book Contracts

Compilation Rights in Book Contracts

On Demand Printing Contract Provisions

Are You Paying (Or Getting Paid) On Licensing Income?


Subsidiary Rights Licensing

Subsidy Publishing Agreements

The Ghostwriter Agreement (Revised 2019) 

Electronic Rights: The Supreme Court's "Tasini" Ruling


"Next Book" Provisions in Publishing Agreements

A Legal Nightmare: The Unwritten License

Marketing Provisions in Book Contracts

Co-Author Issues in Book Contracts

Children's Book Publishing (Revised 2019) 

Failure To Publish Provisions in Book Contracts

Precise Contract Language

Submitting Ideas

The Letter of Intent

The Independent Rep Agreement

Territorial Publishing Provisions (Revised 2019)

A Legal Nightmare: The Unwritten License: Further Issues

Screen Shot Liability for Computer Book Authors

Working Without A Signed Agreement

“Best Efforts” Clauses

Precise Contract Language--Again

Limitation of Liability Provisions

Are Royalties Due On Sale of The Business?

The Need For Written Agreements

"Bad" Contracts: Leverage Follows The Money

Precise Contract Language: "Flashdance"

A Legal Nightmare: The Unwritten License-Even Further Issues

Collaboration: Further Issues

Ten Words That Can Help You Make Money

Is It A Sale...Or A License?

Precise Contract Language: Yet Again

Acquiring Rights The Advance
Narrowing of the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the DMCA Work Made For Hire Agreements Under California Law  
Articles About Distribution


Apples and Oranges: An Analysis of Distribution Agreement

Distribution Agreements: Further Issues

Many Unhappy Returns

Articles About Copyrights


Who Shall Own The Copyright In A Book Publishing Agreement?

When Do Copyrights Expire?

Derivative Works

Do I Need to Register My Copyrights?

Work Made For Hire Agreements

The Work Made for Hire Agreement: Further Issues (Revised 2018) 

Screen Shot Liability for Computer Book Authors

Rights to Use Photographs 

Copyright: What It Does Not Protect

Copyright Transfers

The Right to Transfer Copyright Licenses

Mere Facts vs.  Protected Expression of Facts

The Protection of Fictional Characters

Scenes A Faire Under Copyright Law

Copyright in Compilations

The Work Made for Hire Agreement: Further Issues (Revised 2018)

Copyright Infringement-Some Issues

Joint Authors Under The Copyright Law

A Legal Nightmare: The Unwritten License

A Legal Nightmare: The Unwritten License-Further Issues

Copyright Infringement: Further Issues

Derivative vs. Collective Works

Collective Works

Termination of Transfers

Divorce and Copyright: Getting Back...Or Losing... Rights You Thought You Lost...Or Had

The First Sale Doctrine

Who Can Renew Old Copyrights?

The Problems with "Old" Contracts

When A Celebrity Dies

Copyright vs. Contract Claims

Dying and Copyright                                                                                       

Work Made For Hire Agreements and Derivative Works
The First Sale Doctrine: Further Issues Fan Fiction
Legal Protection for Games The Copyright Marriage Equality Act 
Are Copyrights Community Property? (Revised 2018) Filling Out A Copyright Application: Some Legal Implications
Work Made For Hire Agreements Under California Law    
Articles About Fair Use Under the Copyright Law


Fair Use

Napster and Fair Use

Fair Use: Further, Further Issues

Fair Use: Further Issues

The Seinfeld and The Wind Done Gone Cases: Studies in Fair Use

"Beanie Babies" Collector's Guide: Another Study in Fair Use

Screen Shot Liability for Computer Book Authors

Fair Use-Even More Issues

Fair Use: Unpublished Works

Fair Use And Derivative Works

Fair Use: Music Sampling

Fair Use: Even More Issues: Follow Up

Miscellaneous Topics


The Publishing Audit

In Bed Together: The Problems Of Collaboration

Protection Of Book Titles

Electronic Publishing and the Potential Loss of First Serial Rights

Handling Unsolicited Material

Electronic Rights

The Web Site Audit Check List

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

Publishers Liability Insurance

Verifiable Parental Consent Under COPPA

Rights of Privacy: An Overview

Online Liability Insurance

Pen Names

The Protection of "Trade Dress"


The California Anti-Spam Law

Defamation on the Internet

The Federal Can Spam Law

The Do It Yourself Publishing Lawyer

Advertising Slogans: Fact vs. Puffing

Respect For The Law

Advertising Injury Provisions in Liability Insurance Policies

The Need For Vision 

Uploading To The Internet: Where To Sue?

Lost Opportunity Costs

What Can Happen To Your Project If You Don't Plan Ahead? 


Hoffman-isms: 35 Words That Can Help You Make Money

What is a "Use In Commerce" For Trademark Purposes? AB 5: An Overview  
AB 5: The Bona Fide Business-To-Business Rule  AB 5: Copyright Implications
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