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Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Kenneally’

Can You Include Song Lyrics in Your Book?

recordplayerHave you ever quoted song lyrics in your book? Music can set the mood, evoke a certain setting or channel a particular emotion.

However, writers need to be aware of copyright issues surrounding music in books. We caught up with Copyright Clearance Center‘s author and creator relations director Christopher Kenneally, discovering the key questions authors should ask before including a song. Kenneally explained:

Consider not quoting the song. Lyrics, like all creative expression, are copyrighted. Copyright gives the author or creator the exclusive right to republication of the work. Any writer who wishes to quote lyrics, or for that matter, passages from another’s book, must obtain permission first. It’s probably worth asking how necessary or vital such quotation is to any particular creative work.

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Harry Potter & the Scholastic Private Detectives

At the Publishing Business Conference & Expo, Copyright Clearance Center business development director Christopher Kenneally lead a panel discussion about digital book piracy.

During the long interview, attorney Devereux Chatillon shared a story about working as general counsel at Scholastic during the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows–revealing the lengths that the publisher went throgh to keep the seventh book in the series offline. What do you think?

Here’s an excerpt from the PDF: “Someone took photographs digitally and put them up on the Internet. And there were a number of things that were interesting about that. One is, we had a few of those pop up. I could be on the phone with their father within literally hours of when it appeared on the Internet, and we could have a private investigator or a lawyer in their driveway, which we did, knocking on the door saying, hi, I’m from Scholastic. And again, we didn’t want to sue people. It wasn’t about the market. It wasn’t about lost sales. It was about we wanted to keep the basically audience for the children together and out of the mainstream so that they could get to that midnight moment, which everyone really loved.”

Sara Nelson Blames Journalists and Publishers for High Advances

sara_nelson_0.jpgIn a recent interview, O Magazine books director and former Publishers Weekly editor Sara Nelson blamed both journalists and publishers for pushing author advances to destructively high sums over the last few years.

Here’s an excerpt from her interview, conducted by Christopher Kenneally from Beyond the Book: “it’s only in the last, maybe, 50 years–or not even–in this country, that we think that one has a full-time profession as a writer that supports you and sends your children to private school. That has never been the norm,” she explained.

Nelson concluded: “I think part of the reason for that is writing programs, which I think are in many ways great. I take some responsibility for it, as the former editor of Publishers Weekly, because we would run articles about people who got $500,000 advances for books of short stories. And then everybody thought they were supposed to get $500,000 advances.” The whole interview is archived at the Copyright Clearance Center. (Image via wowOwow)