This is a fantastic reference for writers interested--and all should be--in legal issues concerning contracts, collaboration, agents, defamation, copyright, taxes, and high-tech publishing. Authors Brad Bunnin and Peter Beren have written this guide with such style and clarity that you might find yourself reading it, rather than just consulting it. But that's okay: you can't help but feel empowered by having read such a thorough and, when appropriate, opinionated text. Consider, for instance, the book's first chapter, "The Publishing Contract." Contrary to what publishers tell you, Bunnin writes (Beren contributed the chapter on "The Author and the Business of Publishing"), there is no such thing as a standard book contract. In fact, he says, "virtually without exception, publishers willingly change contracts at the author's request." Bunnin proceeds to lead his readers, line by line over 63 pages, through every single element of a publishing contract, including the grants-of-rights clause; warranties and indemnities; royalties, revisions, and remainders; and "all that incomprehensible, apparently unimportant stuff at the back of the contract." Whether or not you've retained a literary lawyer to work on your behalf, you'll want a book such as this on your shelves, to refer to when you need advice on avoiding defamatory statements, protecting yourself against copyright infringement, or even knowing which home-office expenditures you may deduct come tax time. --Jane Steinberg
From Library Journal
The aim of these two volumes is the sameto inform certain groups of their legal rights and responsibilities. Both are excellent resources, clearly written for lay users. The Artist's Friendly Legal Guide, by four members of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, covers copyright, the evolving area of moral rights, contracts for artwork, and tax concerns. Questions and answers are included after each section to cover minor points of law; sample legal forms are also given. Intended for professionals in the fine arts, this guide is recommended for legal and art collections. The Writer's Legal Companion covers some of the same areas but naturally focuses on writers' concerns and gives particular emphasis to copyright and defamation. Sample forms are included here as well. Because the intended audienceany persons in the writing or publishing fieldsis larger than those in art specifically, this book is recommended. Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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