At last, a readable, authoritative and comprehensive book for students, readers and practitioners in print and digital publishing. Publishing guides the reader through the history of publishing and the main issues facing the industry today. Among these are legal conundrums, cultural conflicts, trade practices, publishing within and across sectors, editorial requirements, the challenge of electronic publishing, making your ideas count in print, rationalization and the growth of corporate publishing cultures.

The result is an exciting one stop guide, written with flair and aplomb. Packed with helpful real-world examples and illustrative interviews this practical resource leaves no stone of the publishing industry unturned.

Copyright and Publishing Law

Copyright and publishing law

Copyright is the bedrock of all publishing. Controlled by national law and international treaties, copyright is the legal framework that protects the creation and maintains the conditions of ownership of intellectual property. While ownership is important to creators and owners of copyright, the societal benefits associated with creative production is also of paramount importance. Copyright law sets out to balance the interests of:

  • the authors, writers and creators of published and unpublished creative works
  • the owners of the works who acquire ownership by agreement
  • the general reading public and/or consumers of intellectual property.

Anglophone copyright began as ‘rights in copy’ in sixteenth-century England. At the outset, when exclusive printing rights were granted to the Stationers’ Company by the Crown, these rights were ...

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