Jackson Walker counsels authors and publishers of various literature and periodicals, including novels, “tell-all” books, trade books, educational publications and materials, newspapers, and magazines. From development through publication and beyond, our attorneys have successfully helped clients navigate through the legal and business waters of the publishing industry.
Of note for local newspapers and other print news outlets is the fact that our attorneys were integral to the preparation and passage of The Texas Free Flow of Information Act, which creates a qualified privilege for journalists against the compelled disclosure of confidential news sources and non-published work product.
Representative clients include:
- Book publishers
- Preparation and negotiation of publishing industry agreements, including life rights agreements, novelization agreements, ghostwriter agreements, literary agent agreements, and book publishing agreements
- Pre-publication review of new literary works and periodicals
- Protection, enforcement, management, and exploitation of literary and subsidiary rights, including film, television, and electronic rights
- Litigation involving literary rights issues
- First Amendment defense of authors and publishers
- Responding to subpoenas demanding access to the confidential news sources and non-public work product of print news journalists and news outlets