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Legal Issues In Book Deals
Tamera H. Bennett
Attorney & Mediator
What Is Copyright?
Idea – can I protect my idea for a book?
Expression – can I protect what I’ve written?
Who Owns The Copyright in My Book?
Author – unless there is a written agreement
saying something different.
How Do I Register The Copyright?
www.copyright.gov
Use the online “eCO” system
How Long Does My Copyright Last?
Life of author plus 70 years (published or written on
or after January 1, 1978)
95 years ...
What Rights Will The Publisher Want?
• Primary Rights –
• Subsidiary Rights –
• Territory –
• Language –
A copyright is a ...
When Will I Get Paid?
• Advance –
• Quarterly –
• Reserve for returns -
How Can I Cancel the Contract and Get
My Book Back?
• Yeah, not usually -
• Out of print clause -
• Publisher can terminat...
Bennett Law Office, PC
132 West Main St
Lewisville, TX 75057
972-436-8141
tbennettlaw.com
createprotect.com (blog)
enterta...
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Legal Issues in Bood Deals - Quick Recap of Copyright and Book Deal Terms

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A quick look at how to protect the copyright in your book; how long copyright lasts; and the bundle of rights a book publisher might want to license. The basic copyright information applies to books, blog posts, paintings, sculptures, software - anything that is an original work fixed into a tangible medium of expression.

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Legal Issues in Bood Deals - Quick Recap of Copyright and Book Deal Terms

  1. 1. Legal Issues In Book Deals Tamera H. Bennett Attorney & Mediator
  2. 2. What Is Copyright? Idea – can I protect my idea for a book? Expression – can I protect what I’ve written?
  3. 3. Who Owns The Copyright in My Book? Author – unless there is a written agreement saying something different.
  4. 4. How Do I Register The Copyright? www.copyright.gov Use the online “eCO” system
  5. 5. How Long Does My Copyright Last? Life of author plus 70 years (published or written on or after January 1, 1978) 95 years after publication date (published between 1923 and 1977)
  6. 6. What Rights Will The Publisher Want? • Primary Rights – • Subsidiary Rights – • Territory – • Language – A copyright is a bundle of rights. You as the author and copyright owner control what rights you license or convey.
  7. 7. When Will I Get Paid? • Advance – • Quarterly – • Reserve for returns -
  8. 8. How Can I Cancel the Contract and Get My Book Back? • Yeah, not usually - • Out of print clause - • Publisher can terminate -
  9. 9. Bennett Law Office, PC 132 West Main St Lewisville, TX 75057 972-436-8141 tbennettlaw.com createprotect.com (blog) entertainmentlawupdate.com (podcast) Bennett Law Office PC -Tamera Bennett /in/tamerabennett /tamerabennett

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