Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
So will that help prevent the other authors from dropping out ?What would I be giving up by asking for contributing authors for contracts?
Do you know if this is common for academic publishing though? I'm not sure about the etiquette. My co-editor says she is doing a book for someone and has no contract right now. She is also in Canada.
Would you be able to look over the contract to answer some other questions or would I have to pay for another question?
In the copyright section it states
that the publisher will maintain the copyright for the work.
What about the individual author’s intellectual property?
The editor grants the publishers the sole and exclusive right and license to adapt, produce and publish, and license others to adapt, produce and publish, the whole or any part of the editor’s part in and to the work …
Generally speaking, can the editors teach on the subject or run seminars on the material?
They are having us fill out W9 tax forms so we are definitely not employees, probably contractors. It says "The editor authorizes teh Publishers to apply for a copyright registration of the work and any revisions or other editions thereof througout theoworlld in the name of the Publishers. The Publishers will register the copyright in the WOrk in the name of the Publishers in copliance with the copyright law of the United States, and will publish the work with a copyright notice in the name of the Publishers"
This sounds fairly clear but we have a few authors, that may want to publish their work elsewhere. To this it says the editor "The editor grants the publishers the first refusal (including the first opportunity to read and consider for publication) the editor's next work suitable for publication in volume and/or electronic form and the editor will not offer such work for publication to any other publisher until an offer made by the Publishers has been considered and declined. ..."
sounds like a decent contract. Not much legalese....most of it is in plain english and seems fair.
Royalties are 2.5% could we negotiate that?
What else can be negotiated usually? We would like ebooks published but that is not in the contract
To add or negotiate would one usually hire an intellectual property attorney in person to go over and draft a new contract?
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