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Legal aspects and copyright

Mark Seeley and Lois Wasoff

Abstract:

This chapter reviews the fundamental relationship between copyright and publishing, including contracts and licences, piracy and enforcement, among other legal issues. Coverage of the management of rights in the digital age and the ‘orphan works’ question are discussed in depth, alongside publishing agreements, creative commons and other licensing arrangements.

Key words

Copyright

digitisation

orphan works

creative commons

licensing

publishing agreements

piracy

litigation

Introduction

Publishing is a business of rights. Publishers obtain the legal right to distribute the materials they publish through copyright and contracts, and then use copyright and contracts to manage ...

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