The Writer's Legal Guide: An Authors Guild Desk Reference

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Allworth Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 309 pages
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The authors, both attorneys, draw on their years of experience on the front lines of advocating creators’ rights and economic interests to give readers a comprehensive survey of the legal and business questions facing anyone who writes professionally. In clear, friendly language, The Writer's Legal Guide explains recent changes in laws governing electronic rights, E-books, fair use, and publishing contracts, so that authors can best protect their interests. Other chapters cover:

- The law of copyright for creators
- Step-by-step copyright registration
- Accounting methods, record-keeping, taxes, and estate planning
- Avoiding legal liability
- Complying with fair use guidelines
- Using royalty collecting societies
- Obtaining permission to use quotes
- Negotiating periodical, syndication, film, television, play, and audio agreements
- Avoiding and resolving business disputes
- Limits of free expression
- Choosing self-publication

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About the author (2002)

TadCrawfordnbsp; grew up in the artists' colony of Woodstock, New York. He is the author of many nonfiction books andhis writing has appeared in venues such asnbsp; Art in America , the Café Irreal , Confrontation , Communication Arts , FamilyCircle , Glamour , Guernica , the Nation , and Writer'sDigest . The founder and publisher ofAllworth Press, he lives in New York City.

Kay Murray is deputy general counsel of the Open Society Foundations, where she advises colleagues on intellectual property and first amendment and tax matters and negotiates contracts of all kinds. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and was general counsel and assistant director of the Authors Guild from 1994 to 2005. She has also worked as in-house counsel at the Tribune Company, one of the nation's most prominent multimedia corporations. She lives in New York City.

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