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Royalty Accounting

Royalty Accounting shows you how to account for royalty expenses and rights income. Chapters on the balance sheet accounts, expense and income accounts include examples of journal entries used to record royalty activity.

The management reporting chapter includes a sample management report that is used to future highlight cash requirements and important trends for royalty expenses and rights income.

The Financial Audit Issues chapter summarizes what public accountants look for when auditing royalties. The chapter on tax reporting covers IRS requirements for reporting royalties paid to US residents and non-residents. In the Best Practices chapter you will find the 10 questions that should be asked when evaluating royalty operations.

The chapter on royalty software presents an overview of the leading royalty software solutions along with a link to a trial version of one of the leading rights and royalty solutions for small to medium sized publishers.

Getting Permission

Getting Permission tackles the permissions process head-on — without the legalese. It shines the light on whom to ask for permission, as well as when — and how much to expect — to pay for permission. Comprehensive and easy-to-read, the book covers:

  • the permissions process
  • the public domain
  • copyright research
  • fair use
  • academic permissions
  • the elements of a license and merchandise agreement
  • the use of a trademark or fictional character
  • and much more

    Getting Permission
    includes agreements for acquiring authorization to use text, photographs, artwork, and music, whether it’s found online or off. All agreements included as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.The 4th edition of this essential guide is completely updated to reflect the latest laws and court decisions. Plus, read an all-new collection of practical, real-life FAQs, based on author Richard Stim’s popular intellectual property blog, Dear Rich: Nolo’s Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog.

Contracts Companion for Writers

By thoroughly examining more than a dozen publishing industry contracts, this how-to guide answers the most common questions writers ask about publishing, agency, coauthoring, working-for-hire, and other agreements. This reference breaks down the complex legalese in each contract and provides a clause-by-clause explanation of their contents. Commentary on negotiation points and the consequences related to the absence or presence of critical verbiage will help those—from the most seasoned author signing with a major publishing firm to an author who aspires to publish or is thinking of working with a collaborator on a project—who seek to demystify the process of signing important agreements operate from a more knowledgeable position.

The Copyright Handbook

Copyright law is a complex field, and it’s crucial for writers to understand what’s entailed. Stephen Fishman covers:

  • what a copyright is,
  • how it’s created and protected,
  • limitations and transfer of ownership,
  • how long it lasts,
  • and what copyright infringement is all about

There are chapters on copyright registration, copyright notice, and how to deal with errors or omissions. Fishman also wades into the issues of derivative works and compilations, works for hire, and jointly authored works. He also tackles the confusion of copyrights in the online world of electronic publishing; the book is worth its price for this chapter alone. The appendix contains a variety of sample forms and blank forms.

Publishing Forms and Contracts

Publishing continues to be a major industry worldwide, and this book is designed to assist the thousands of entities that regularly contract into a variety of agreements and need advice in drafting or negotiating the best terms for a deal, or otherwise employing or understanding specific terms used. This book-written and compiled by the in-house counsel of a major publishing house-offers more than 80 forms and templates of all of the major agreements regularly encountered by a publishing company, with strategic commentary on their use.

Topics covered include book publishing, periodical publishing, electronic publishing, litigation/litigation avoidance, e-commerce and permissions/subsidiary rights. Each chapter begins with introductory text setting forth key issues and other insights, and then presents the related forms, which in turn are accompanied by drafting and negotiating tips. An accompanying CD-ROM to the book contains all of the forms in electronic format, which can easily be modified for the customer’s use. (Note: The list price of this reference book is $170.50 USD).