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All About Copyright Notices

New publishers and self-published authors often have questions about a seemingly simple task:  drafting the copyright notice. Copyright, of course, is a form of protection provided by U.S. and international law to owners of “original works of authorship.”  Most writers (and readers) are aware a copyright notice bestows important intellectual property rights upon the owner, … Continue reading All About Copyright Notices

Non-compete Clauses

Although non-compete clauses have become common in non-fiction publishing, they are not appropriate in novel publishing agreements.  Unfortunately, I have too often seen sweeping non-compete terms in fiction agreements, especially with small and independent presses that “cut and paste” contract provisions from online samples.  In some circumstances, these non-compete provisions can unreasonably restrict your future … Continue reading Non-compete Clauses