Contracts, Legal Issues and Publishing Ethics

Course Code: CBPP 5002

Academic Year: 2017-2018

Working from a standard publishing contract for books, students become familiar with both the contractual requirements and the legal issues encountered by publishing houses. Clauses examined include advances, subsidiary rights, delivery dates, options, etc. Legal issues include copyright and libel. Students compare and contrast the features and characteristics of contracts used by publishing houses of different sizes and the Writer's Union suggested template. Publishing ethics are also examined and discussed.