- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Page Street Publishing (September 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1624144497
- ISBN-13: 978-1624144493
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The Legal Guide for Writers, Artists and Other Creative People: Protect Your Work and Understand the Law Paperback – September 12, 2017
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"We authors and artists are good at creating but not so good at navigating the legal and financial side of our business. That is why I'm so gateful for a foolproof guide like this one to help show the way."
―Willie Geist, NBC's Today & MSNBC's Morning Joe, bestselling author
"For a clear, plain language easy-to-read explanation of the law affecting the rights of authors, painters, photographers, etc., you won't do better. And it's even fun to read."
―Ira Glasser, former executive director of the ACLU
About the Author
Kenneth P. Norwick is a nationally recognized laywer, author and tracher who specializes in the legal subjects covered by this book. His clients have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Annie Leibovitz, Mitch Albom, Playboy magazine and the Association of Authors' Representatives.
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This "Legal Guide for Writers, Artists...etc" is written in an engaging, personal style that is easy to read. E.g., under the heading "The Creator-Agent Contract," we find the following:
"Creative people ... may be very good at writing books but not very good at doing what is necessary to ensure that a book is published ..."
In other words, this book is written in plain English, not legalese. It is also worth reading before one runs into possible legal trouble, to help avoid it. For that matter, in addition to this book and "The Copyright Handbook," I also recommend Navigating Legal Landmines: A Practical Guide to Business Law for Real People.
Bottom line: a nice, high-level review of law as it affects writers and other creatives.
This book is giving readers the basis for understanding their creative rights and the laws associated with protecting them. It's a great reference and much needed in today's digital age.
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The book has 6 chapters. Each one builds upon the previous and I found it most useful to read from beginning to end first; later I can use it as a reference book. I was particularly happy that complicated legal issues were explained simply but also in context with examples. Knowing your legal rights is very important and Norwick's text made it understandable.
This book is not only for writers though the bulk of information (and the law) is focused on the written word. Beside fiction authors, playwrights, screenwriters, photographers, and visual artists are included in chapter 5 about contracts. These categories of creators are mentioned from time to time in earlier chapters and many of the legal issues are the same so I recommend if you aren't a author, you still read them.
The subject matter is presented in Q&A format, which makes the book difficult to use as a legal “nutshell” reference. (For instance, the four “fair use” factors of copyright law are listed under the question, “Did Congress Provide Any Guidance?”.)
The summarized areas of law (see chapters 2-6) are as follows: (1) Copyright and other legal rights; (2) Libel, Privacy, Obscenity, and other possible legal risks; (3) creator’s rights in Cyberspace; (4) Contracts involving creative people; and (5) Business and Tax matters affecting creative people.
It is written in layman's terms, which means you don't need a law degree to understand it. While you should still consult a lawyer before signing any documents, this legal guide book gives you the basics and helps you ask the important questions when consulting a professional.