Synopses & Reviews
"A thoughtful, comprehensive, and invaluable guide for writers."—Bernard Lefkowitz, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
"Easy to read and understand . . . should be on every publisher's reference shelf."—Jan Nathan, Executive Director, Publishers Marketing Association
For anyone who has ever faced the confusing web of copyright and libel laws, this practical, problem-solving guide is a godsend. In clear, jargon-free language, legal experts provide the information and techniques you need to prepare a manuscript or multimedia work for publication. You'll learn how to:
- Clear rights for all types of copyrighted materials, including quotations, photographs, fine art, motion picture stills, song lyrics, and more
- Protect yourself against libel suits
- Determine if a work is in the public domain
- Assess if quoting without permission qualifies as fair use
- Locate rights holders
- Negotiate clearances
Includes library of sample forms:
- permission letter
- interview release
- model release
- work-made-for-hire agreement
- copyright assignment
- photograph license
In clear, jargon-free language, this book provides concise answers to virtually all copyright, permission, and libel questions that may arise during the preparation of a manuscript. Writers learn exactly how to legally use all types of copyrighted materials, including quotations, photographs, film clips, and song lyrics. They also learn how to protect themselves against libel suits, determine if material is in the public domain, negotiate consent agreements, and more.
About the Author
LLOYD J. JASSIN is a practicing copyright and trademark attorney and a former publishing executive. He has written for publications such as The Authors Guild Bulletin, The Small Press Magazine, and Multimedia Producer.
STEVEN C. SCHECHTER is a lawyer with his own intellectual property practice. He has taught courses in entertainment and publishing law at Seton Hall University School of Law.
Table of Contents
THE COPYRIGHT PERMISSION MANUAL.
Clearing Rights: An Overview.
What's in the Public Domain?
What Copyright Doesn't Protect.
Dealing with Collaborators and Contributors.
THE LIBEL HANDBOOK.
Basics of Libel Law.
How to Minimize Libel Claims.
Basics of Publicity and Privacy.
When and How to Obtain a Release.
Media Perils Insurance.