Laura N. Gasaway: Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers
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Publishers constantly utilize and leverage content created by others, often while simultaneously originating content to be placed in the public domain. It is a balancing act and a game. Just as the business of publishing relies heavily on the right to exclusively exploit content created or rightfully owned, publishers must respect content owned by others.
The publishing industry is rapidly shifting, as publishers test new technologies and innovative business models. Digital technologies allow micro-publishers and self-publishing authors to coexist with traditional publishing houses. Traditional publishers, in turn, must modify their business models in an attempt to keep up.
In this environment, publishers do not always have a legal department to advise them on contract and copyright issues. Some don’t even have staff. It is critical that these publishers understand the rules of the game they are choosing to play—no matter how much they minimize their overhead. It is in this context...