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Exclusive Rights for Exploiting Literary Works

Co-author, Gerald M. Levine Publishers expect and demand exclusive rights for exploiting literary works. When lawyers talk about “standard” clauses and courts refer to publishing contracts as “standard agreements” it is not to suggest that there is a standard form such as we expect for certain real estate transactions. What we mean by “standard” is […]

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Preparing for Reversion at Contract Inception

Co-author Gerald M. Levine Publishers typically offer an unsatisfactory reversion of rights clause so it is prudent to negotiate for an even playing field on this issue. Assuring author has a genuine right of reversion in the event her work goes out of print must be a high priority, particularly in an electronic environment where […]

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Hidden Perils of Publishing Contracts

Co-author Gerald M. Levine There are a number of hidden perils of publishing contracts that are essentially terms to control the licensed property. Authors should not fixate on the myth of “standard” terms, but there are terms that publishers are adamant about that may have to be adjusted to accommodate particular circumstances. One such term […]

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