With big ideas, always read the small print

January 23, 2012 in Comment

Bloghorn fro The Uk professional Cartoonists' OrganisationIn the digital age it is possible for cartoonists to easily publish their work in ways that the expense of print made hard to achieve.

However, many recent ease-of-use digital tools also come with legal caveats that affect the copyright, licensing and format rights attached to an individual piece of work.

Apple has just launched its iBooks Author tool, which is already a subject of controversy because of this. Briefly, the consumer electronics and publishing services company expects exclusive sales rights for formatted “works” sold through its digital outlet store and a traditional middleman’s commission fee.

In this post Boghorn offers some links to help you decide whether this sort of service is really what you need. We’d welcome any more useful links you could add in the comments.

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