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Copyright Expirations Resume in 2019!
January 1, 2019 was a big day in the world of copyright law. In order to understand why, I’ll need to give you some backstory. Back in 1998, there were a number of corporations – Disney being the most notable – petitioning Congress to extend the duration of copyright terms. They did have some good arguments – the...
Understanding Publishing Contracts – the Grant of Rights Clause
Congratulations, you found a publisher that wants to publish your work! All that’s left now is to sign the contract and…oh my, that’s a lot of paper. And you’re not sure what even half of those words mean. But it’s okay to just sign it, right? The important thing is just to get published. Wrong! Getting locked into...
How to Steer Clear of Elder Abuse Allegations
As I’m sure most of you have heard, Stan Lee passed away on November 12 of this year. It’s not clear at this time whether he had a will or not. What the media is focusing on is the drama that surrounded him at the end of his life, which doesn’t appear to be settling down anytime soon....
What’s the Difference Between an Executor and a Trustee?
This question comes up a lot in my practice. Since they are two different jobs, that come with different responsibilities, I ask my clients who they want to name for each job. They’re fine with it for the trustee, since that question comes first, but when I ask them who they want for their executor they have a...
How to Manage a Copyright
I’ve talked a bit about what a copyright is, and about what rights you have under copyright. But what exactly do you do with a copyright? Sure, it has value, but what could you do to maximize that value? This is an important question if you ever want to sell the rights to your book. The price you...

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