Rights Management & Royalties

Copyright After Brexit
September 21, 2016 at 11:40 am

To Beijing, a place usually associated with smog and mystery. But after a suffocating European summer, this year’s Beijing International Book Fair provided a breath of fresh air. For after the Brexit vote and the ruthless turmoil that accompanied it came an opportunity to get back to what we do best, namely sell rights, strike…

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" Author Sued by Publisher
August 31, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith is being sued by his publisher for delivering a manuscript that Hachette claims is “an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain work”. Grahame-Smith, who unleashed the zombie mashup on the world with the surprise 2009 hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and went on to write the bestseller…

Curation Nation: Thoughts on the Future of Textbooks
August 15, 2016 at 11:27 am

Of late, much of my time (and that of others) has been spent thinking through the evolution of ebooks. Yesterday, a colleague I work with, Peter Krautzberger — who heads up the MathJax initiative — pointed me to an informative, if poorly written, post by Robin Good. It was entitled Textbooks Show Aging Signs: Curated…

It's a Small World After All: How Book Publishers & Authors Can Protect Their Rights Abroad
August 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Marshall McLuhan, the famous social scientist, told us more than 50 years ago that newer and more powerful means of communication have turned the world into a "global village," something that brings people together at one level, but at another level, complicates social relationships. A bigger, worldwide, audience increases the number of people who might…

When Will YouTube Deal with Its Audiobook and Podcast Piracy Problem?
August 2, 2016 at 12:35 pm

It happened in a moment of weakness — even though I knew better — but late one night earlier this month, I read the Amazon reviews for my book. Alternatively inflating and torturing my ego, I went through negative and the positive reviews. Amid the praise (and intense dislike), I caught a strange comment: Someone…

Too Little, Too Late: What Happens When Publishers Ignore Copyright Issues
July 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm

It’s not always easy talking to publishers about copyright. Why? It’s not as if they don’t understand its significance. The days are long past when senior executives in our industry thought about copyright—when they thought about it at all—as an arcane topic suitable only for attorneys and…

Detecting (and Stopping) Robot Pirates
July 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

On the high seas, you can see a pirate approaching for miles. This gives the captain and crew time to prepare themselves against the onslaught, warn other ships, and call the naval authorities for help. On the Internet, pirates act with stealth. Often, you don’t even know that you’ve been boarded until the pirates have left with the booty.…