Business & Career: Legal
Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists by Tad Crawford – Paperback: 160 pages; Allworth Press; 4th edition (May 27, 2014) Best Seller

The fourth edition of this eminently useful book includes new forms for hiring and firing employees, agreements to arbitrate, promissory notes, and general releases. Also included are a contract for the sale of an artwork, contract for a commission, delivery-of-art confirmation form, artist-gallery contract, contract for an exhibition loan, model release, commercial lease, sublease, and lease assignment, and much more.

Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Susan M. Bielstein Paperback: 188 pages; University of Chicago Press; New edition (Jun 23, 2006)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it's a good bet that at least half of those words relate to the picture's copyright status. Art historians, artists, and anyone who wants to use the images of others will find themselves awash in byzantine legal terms, constantly evolving copyright law, varying interpretations by museums and estates, and despair over the complexity of the whole situation. Here, on a white—not a high—horse, Susan Bielstein offers her decades of experience as an editor working with illustrated books. In doing so, she unsnarls the threads of permissions that have ensnared scholars, critics, and artists for years. Organized as a series of “takes” that range from short sidebars to extended discussions, Permissions, A Survival Guide explores intellectual property law as it pertains to visual imagery. How can you determine whether an artwork is copyrighted? How do you procure a high-quality reproduction of an image? What does “fair use” really mean? Is it ever legitimate to use the work of an artist without permission?

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets & Licensing by Jill Gilbert – Paperback: 336 pages; Berkley Trade (Aug 3, 2004)

Clear, comprehensive advice from an intellectual property lawyer—for every artist, inventor, and small business owner.

Today, virtually all companies, artists, and innovators run the risk of losing their competititve edge-and big money-by not adequately safeguarding their intellectual property. Written by an expert in intellectual property law, this is the first book to address the full range of legal protections available-patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and licensing-with innovative information you won't find elsewhere.

The Copyright Guide: A Friendly Handbook for Protecting and Profiting from Copyrights by Lee Wilson – Paperback: 256 pages; Allworth Press; 3rd edition (Mar 2004)

The definitive handbook for anyone looking to understand and benefit from copyrights in the Information Age! Veteran attorney Lee Wilson engagingly teaches the ins and outs of copyrights in a logical fashion, making a complex subject easy to understand. Now completely updated and expanded to reflect important changes in copyright law and the impact of the Internet on copyrights, this new 3rd edition discusses what can and cannot be protected under current law, how to avoid infringement, what to do if you suspect infringement, how to turn copyrights into income, and more. Plus it includes dozens of real-life case histories, as well as ready-to-use model agreements and sample forms.

The Law (In Plain English) for Galleries by Leonard D. Duboff – Paperback: 208 pages; Allworth Press, 2nd edition (Oct 1999)

Mr. Duboff's clear, straightforward approach makes a complicated subject easy to grasp. By demystifying many intimidating legal and business issues, Mr. DuBoff enables the prospective entrepreneur to focus more effectively on the creative and success are in your favor.

The Copyright Zone: A Legal Guide For Photographers and Artists In The Digital Age by Edward C. Greenberg, Jack Reznicki – Paperback: 352 pages; Focal Press; 2nd edition (Feb 15, 2015) Best Seller

If you license or publish images, this guide is as indispensable as your camera. It provides specific information on the legal rights of photographers, illustrators, artists, covering intellectual property,

Legal Guide for the Visual Artist by Tad Crawford – Paperback: 256 pages; Allworth Press; 4th edition (Apr 1999)

This classic guide for artists is completely revised and updated to provide an in-depth view of the legal issues facing the visual artist today and provides practical legal guidance for any visual artist involved with creative work.

Licensing Art 101: Publishing And Licensing Your Art for Profit by Michael Woodward – Paperback Artnetworks; 2nd edition (Apr 2006)

Reader review: The second updated edition of LICENSING ART 101: PUBLISHING AND LICENSING YOUR ARTWORK FOR PROFIT is a top pick for any artist who would understand how licensing works and how to protect - and profit from - artistic rights. Chapters not only focus on legal aspects but marketing strategies, business practices, presentations and more. It's the artist's tool kit for putting art out in the world effectively, as well as licensing.

101 Things You Need to Know About Internet Law by Jonathan Bick – Paperback: 235 pages; Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (Dec 5, 2000)

101 Things You Need to Know About Internet Law is the first accessible, reader-friendly guide to Internet law. Complete and concise, it is a guide to the legal issues and answers involved in all facets of e-commerce, from making purchases online to advertising your new Web site. You'll find a wealth of essential information about Internet-related contracts, taxes, rights, options, obligations, limitations, relations, liabilities, debt collection, advertising, billing, refunds, intellectual property protection, and more. Jonathan Bick is an attorney and law professor.

Art Law in a Nutshell (Nutshell Series.) by Leonard D. Duboff, Christy O. King Paperback: 350 pages; West Publishing Company; 3rd edition (Oct 2000)

Duboff’s Art Law in a Nutshell overviews art as an investment, from copyrights to trademarks, and examines issues involving museums and collecting. Subjects covered include the customs definition, international art movement, and the victim of war. Explores auctions; authentication; insurance; and tax problems for collectors, dealers, and artists. Also addresses the working artist, aid to the arts, moral and economic rights, and freedom of expression.

Licensing Art & Design by Caryn R. Leland – Paperback: 128 pages; Allworth Press; Revised edition (Apr 1, 1995)

Whether you are a designer, illustrator, photographer, or fine artist, you can increase your income by licensing your creative images. This book will show you how by providing expert coverage of the following areas: how to protect your ideas with copyrights, patents, and trademarks; a model licensing agreement; a negotiation checklist to evaluate deals; how to maximize royalties; how to find manufacturers and distributors; and licensing in cyberspace. The revised edition now covers the licensing of multimedia and electronic rights.

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