406 Pages
    by Routledge

    406 Pages
    by Routledge

    Publishing Law is an authoritative and engaging guide to a wide range of legal issues affecting publishing today.

    Hugh Jones and Christopher Benson present readers with clear and accessible guidance to the complex legal areas specific to the ever evolving world of contemporary publishing, including copyright, moral rights, contracts and licensing, privacy, confidentiality, defamation, infringement and trademarks, with analysis of legal issues relating to sales, advertising, marketing, distribution and competition.

    This new fifth edition presents updated coverage of the key principles of copyright , as well as new copyright exceptions, licensing and open access. There is also further in-depth coverage of the legal issues around the sale of digital content.

    Key features of the fifth edition include:

    • updated coverage of EU and UK copyright, including a new chapter on copyright exceptions following the significant changes in the 2014 Regulations
    • Comprehensive coverage of publishing contracts with authors, as well as with other providers, including translators, contributors and contracts for subsidiary rights
    • up to date coverage of the Defamation Act 2013, and other changes to EU and UK legislation
    • exploration of the legal issues relating to digital publishing, including eBook and other electronic agreements, data protection and online issues in relation to privacy, and copyright infringement
    • a range of summary checklists on key issues, ranging from copyright ownership to promotion and data protection
    • useful appendices offering an A to Z glossary of legal terms and lists of useful address and further reading.

    Part I: The law, and original works; 1. Publishing and the law; 2. Copyright I – Key Principles; 3. Copyright II – Copyright Exceptions, Licensing and Open Access; 4. Other rights of authors and publishers; Part II: Commissioning: publishing contracts; 5. Author contracts; 6. Other contracts; Part III: Delivery, editing and obligations on publication; 7. Delivery, editing and obligations on publication; Part IV: Publish and be damned; 8. Defamation and other risks; 9. Confidentiality and privacy; 10. Copyright infringement; 11. Trade marks and passing off; Part V: Sales and supply; 12. Sale of goods, digital content and consumer protection; 13. Advertising and marketing; 14. Distribution and export


    Hugh Jones recently retired as Copyright Counsel to The Publishers Association. A qualified solicitor, he worked in publishing for fifteen years, for law publishers Sweet and Maxwell and reference publishers Macmillan Press, before practising for eight years as a publishing and copyright lawyer at City law firm Taylor Joynson Garrett (now Taylor Wessing). He writes and lectures regularly, and was for many years Treasurer of the British Copyright Council.

    Christopher Benson is a solicitor at City law firm Taylor Wessing. He has been practising for over 20 years as an intellectual property lawyer. He has considerable experience in the fields of publishing and copyright and also advises on all aspects of intellectual property law, both contentious and non-contentious, including copyright protection, trade mark protection and passing off, brand management, licensing, merchandising, sponsorship, franchising and advertising. He is a regular writer and lecturer on intellectual property matters.

    Adrienne Muir, Loughborough University:

    It is recommended as a core text to buy… Overall, I think the book would be even more useful if it reflected changes in the publishing world… This is currently my favoured book. Other recommendations tend to be on specific topics. The students appreciate having one accessible overview of the issues… I am not aware of a UK focused title that meets the needs outlined.

    Anna Faherty, Kingston University:

    I think Publishing Law is an accessible, real-world guide to the key legal issues in publishing. I owned a copy when I was a commissioning editor and now encourage all our students to invest in a copy (not just for the course, but also as a handy reference when then are working in the industry). I’m not aware of another title that has the concise and accessible (yet authoritative) appeal of this book.

    Beverley Tarquini, Oxford Brookes University:

    Digital rights – more examples and case studies – in fact a whole new chapter would be good....I am unaware of any direct competition as this book is specifically geared to publishing.