The Law (in Plain English) for Writers

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SphinxLegal, 2005 - Law - 280 pages
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"No writer will want to be without this book." -Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear and other books in The Earth's Children series.


Writing is your passion. Making a living with your words is your dream. Taking charge of your business is the key to having it all.

The Law (In Plain English)® for Writers describes how to take advantage of your skills and profit from your work. It looks at the business of being a writer and explains how to succeed in every area affecting a writer's livelihood. Learn all the essential details of:

Submissions
Permissions
Freedom of Information Requests
Book and Magazine Contracts
Taxes
Royalties
Copyright Ownership
Dispute Resolution

The ability to work with others is another crucial component in a writer's business. Agents, collaborators and editors can take your work to the next level-discover how to make these relationships work. Designers, illustrators and photographers may be critical to making your writing come alive-use employment and copyright laws to protect yourself. Vanity presses, print-on-demand presses and self-publishing may be your ticket to bigger and better projects-find what you need to know about these alternatives.

For every writer-
whether first-time author, seasoned freelancer or professional journalist-
The Law (In Plain English)® for Writers unveils the mysteries of getting published.
 

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Contents

The Freedom to Write
3
Privacy Defamation and Other Content Issues
11
Copyright
37
Copyright Protection
45
Copyright Infringement
59
Access to Information
69
The Writers Relationship
89
Publishers
91
Magazine Contracts
171
The World Wide Web
177
The Writers Business
185
Writing as a Business
187
Keeping Taxes Low
203
The Writers Estate
221
Avoiding and Resolving Disputes
235
Glossary
247

Literary Agents
101
Alternatives to Mainstream Publishers
113
Working with Other People
121
Contracts
133
Book Contracts
147
Internet Resources
265
Index
273
About the Authors
279
Back Cover
281
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Leonard D DuBoff is an internationally recognized expert who has lectured on legal issues throughout the world. He began his legal career as a practicing lawyer in New York, then relocated to Palo Alto, California, where he started his teaching career at the Stanford Law School. Subsequently, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he taught law at Lewis & Clark Law School. DuBoff spent almost a quarter of a century teaching business and intellectual property law.While a full-time law professor, DuBoff was also Of Counsel to law firms, and maintained those relationships until 1994, when he left full-time teaching to found his own law firm. His firm, now known as the DuBoff Law Group, LLC, specializes in business and intellectual property law, representing writers, publishers, and others involved in creative endeavors. DuBoff has received academic awards from President Lyndon Johnson and New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. In 1990, he received the Governor's Arts Award from Governor Neil Goldschmidt of Oregon. Not only does Leonard DuBoff practice law, but he has also been involved in its creation. In the late 1980s he testified in support of the Visual Artist's Rights Act of 1990, at the request of Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. He has also provided Congress with testimony related to accession to several cultural and intellectual property treaties and he has worked with state legislatures on their legislationas well. A prolific author, DuBoff has written numerous articles for scholarly journals, practical articles for lawyers' bar publications, and articles for nonlawyers. He has regular columns in several magazines, and has written several books, including the Publishers Legal Guide and Art Law in a Nutshell.Bert P. Krages II is an attorney who has been practicing law in Portland, Oregon since 1987. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his law degree from the University of Oregon. He has had a lifelong interest in books. He is the author of Total Environmental Compliance (Lewis Publishers 2000), Legal Handbook for Photographers (Amherst Media 2001), Heavenly Bodies (Amherst Media 2003), and Photography: The Art of Composition (Allworth Press 2005). In addition to representing writers on publishing law and copyright matters, he is nationally recognized as a public advocate for the rights of photographers to document what they see in public places. Leonard D. DuBoff began his renowned legal career teaching at the Stanford Law School. He then became a Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he taught for over twenty-three years. DuBoff was Of Counsel to three Portland area law firms and one New York law firm before founding The DuBoff Law Group.DuBoff, who obtained his engineering degree from Hofstra University magna cum laude and his law degree summa cum laude from BrooklynLaw School, where he graduated with the then-highest academic average in the history of the law school, is licensed to practice in both New York and Oregon. He is also admitted to over fifteen federal courts-including the United States Court of International Trade and the United States Supreme Court. His major practice areas include art law, crafts law, international law, copyright law, trademark law, and business law. He has served on task forces which revised numerous laws, including the Oregon corporation code and the Oregon not-for-profit corporation code, among others.He is an art lover and enthusiast with over thirty-five years' experience studying, teaching, writing, and breathing art and crafts law, as well as working with creative people in other genres. Known as one of the leading authorities on art law, DuBoff's works are frequently referenced by judges, lawyers, and anyone interested in knowing about the law in this field. He has served on numerousadvisory boards, testified before legislative bodies on both the state and federal levels, and received several accolades for his work and devotion, including the Oregon Governor's Arts Award. DuBoff also received an award from President Lyndon Johnson for his academic achievements in the natural sciences and an award from New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.DuBoff's influence is immense. He is the author of over fifteen books directly related to art, crafts, galleries,photography, publishing, and business, as well as countless articles on these subjects. In fact, one of his books has been translated into Chinese. In addition to The Antique and Art Collector's Legal Guide (1st ed.), Sourcebooks, Inc./Sphinx Publishing is proud to publish his The Law (In Plain English) for Small Business (2nd ed.), The Law (In Plain English) for Writers (lead author with Bert Krages, 4th ed), and The Law (In Plain English) for Restaurants and Others in the Food Industry (lead author with Christy King, 1st ed.), as well as this volume, The Law (In Plain English) for Doctors, Dentists and Other Health Care Professionals. DuBoff is a frequent contributor to Art Trends Magazine, Communication Arts, Glass Craftsman, Picture Magazine, Woodshop News, Critical Issues, and numerous scholarly legal publications.DuBoff shares his passion with his wife and three children. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, though his firm handles matters throughout the United States on a regular basis. Bert P. Krages II is an attorney who has been practicing law in Portland, Oregon since 1987. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his law degree from the University of Oregon. He has had a lifelong interest in books and is the author or coauthor of several titles. In addition to representing writers on publishing law and copyright matters, he is nationally recognized as a public advocate for the rights of photographers to document what they see in public places.

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