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
Tad Crawford, author of Legal Guide for the Visual Artist (Allworth Press, Fifth Edition, September 2010), has served as general counsel for the Graphic Artists Guild, lobbied on the state and federal level for artists’ rights, and taught art law at the School of Visual Arts. The publisher for Allworth Press, he lives in New York City.