Selling Rights

The seventh edition of Lynette Owen’s incomparable guide to Selling Rights was published in November.  Long recognised as the leading guide in its field, this edition contains, among much else, new material on Creative Commons and Open Access, a consideration of the effects of the Digital Economy Act (2010), the implications of adding e-book rights to print licences and a section on RROs and collective licensing, as well as fully updated advice on the full range of potential rights as they are governed by current legislation. 

This is, of course, primarily a handbook, but it is so well written and engages in such intelligent debate that many chapters of it are worth reading in their own right.  For example, the following pithy excerpt is taken from The internet and publishing (Chapter 24 of the book):

A continuing problem with the internet is that there is often no way to establish the original source of the material and no hierarchy of knowledge, making it difficult to assess the accuracy of much of the material available.  Everyone with access to the internet can become a ‘publisher’ and, in the words if a famous early internet cartoon in the New Yorker magazine showing a dog logging on online, ‘On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog’.

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