Literary law guide for authors: copyright, trademark, and contracts in plain language

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FYOS Entertainment, Mar 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 199 pages
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This book provides essential information about copyright and trademark law. The text and illustrations teach authors how to protect their work and how to avoid common pitfalls associated with writing that may expose a writer to legal liability. This book breaks down complicated boilerplate language most commonly included in publishing contracts and analyzes the clauses from the author's perspective. The CD Rom contains valuable forms commonly used by authors, including forms to register copyrighted materials and to engage the services of artists and other independent contractors on a work-for-hire basis. Also included is a sample publishing contract form with commentary and a list of references to obtain supplementary information.

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Literary Law Guide for Authors: Copyrights, Trademarks and Contracts in Plain Language

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The authors are both attorneys who set out to answer authors' questions about legal issues related to their writing. In this first in a series of writing references published under the Literary ... Read full review


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Tonya Marie Evans, dean?s list graduate of Northwestern University and cum laude graduate of Howard University School of Law, practices in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment (music and literary law), and estate planning. She has lectured across the country on copyright, and trademark law, and about self-publishing and writing. As a former professional tennis player and published author, her success is derived from her ability to empathize with her clients? unique needs in the sports and entertainment worlds. Tonya is a poet and the author of Seasons of Her and SHINE!

Susan Borden Evans is a graduate of Howard University and received her Masters in Education and Juris Doctor from Temple University. She concentrates her law practice in the areas of intellectual property, literary law, and business law. She is a distinguished member of the Patent Bar, has served as a Registered Patent Attorney for the Rohm and Haas Company and DuPont Corporation. Ms. Evans has lectured in the Department of Legal and Real Estate Studies at the Temple University School of Business and Management. She has also lectured in the areas of municipal finance, patent law, corporate law and contract law. In January 2002, Ms. Evans formed the Philadelphia-based law firm of Evans & Borden Evans, LLC (, with her daughter, Tonya.

Author of The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book.

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