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

The Writer's Legal Guide

An Authors Guild Desk Reference

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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

Acknowledgments
The Business of Writingp. 1
Copyright: Gaining and Keeping Protectionp. 11
Copyright: Registration and Depositp. 29
Copyright: Works Made for Hire, Joint Works, and Community Propertyp. 49
Copyright: Infringement, Fair Use, and Permissionsp. 61
Copyright: Past and Presentp. 81
Other Rights of the Writerp. 95
The Limitations on Free Expressionp. 111
The Freedom of Information Actp. 131
Contracts: An Introductionp. 141
Negotiating a Book Contractp. 151
Periodical and Syndication Contractsp. 177
Film and Television Contracts and Dramatic Productionsp. 185
Electronic Rights, E-Books, and Audio Licensesp. 197
Literary Agents and Agency Agreementsp. 211
Collaboration Agreementsp. 223
Book Packagersp. 229
The Self-Publishing Option and Subsidy Pressesp. 233
Taxes: Income and Expensesp. 243
Taxes: Beyond Schedule Cp. 261
The Hobby Loss Rulep. 269
Estate Planning for Professional Authorsp. 277
How to Avoid or Resolve Disputesp. 287
Other Resources and a List of Volunteer Lawyers for the Artsp. 291
Select Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 303
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781581152302
ISBN-10: 1581152302
Series: Writer's Legal Guide
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st June 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 3