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Literary and Publishing Law

Literary and Publishing Law

Axis has substantial experience in representing clients in the Literary & Publishing industry.

Whether it involves the representation of writers, authors, poets, novelists, nonfiction authors, e-publishing outlets, publishers, distributors, or others, Axis’ practice provides high quality representation of those involved in the publishing and literary industry.

► Who We Represent

Axis represents numerous types of clients involved in and connected with the literary and publishing industry, whether on the author/creative side or company side. There are a number of players involved in the literary and publishing industry:

  • Authors
  • Academic authors
  • Graphic novelists
  • Instructors
  • Music composers / authors
  • Novelists
  • Poets
  • Professors
  • Teachers
  • Writers
  • Screenwriters
  • Literary agents
  • Publishers
  • Publishing Houses
  • Publishing Businesses
  • E-Publishers
  • Publishing Clearinghouses
  • Publishing intermediaries
  • Publishing agents
  • Self-publishers

► Types of Literary Works We Represent

Having experience in the legal issues central to the literary and publishing business is crucial for providing reliable legal advice to literary industry clients. Our clients come from a range of genres spanning multiple fields and areas, including but not limited to the following:

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Biographies
  • Translations
  • Poems
  • Academic writing
  • Education
  • Arts / Art Books
  • Educational materials
  • Audiovisual content
  • Audio publishing
  • Books to tape

► Literary and Publishing Practice Areas

We represent clients involved with the Literary and Publishing  industry with a variety of legal matters. Whether it involves contract negotiations, entity formation, compliance with state or federal laws and regulations,  licensing, copyright/trademark matters, consulting, strategic advice, or other publishing negotiations,  Axis offers creative professionals in or doing business with the literary and publishing industry high-quality legal representation spanning multiple legal fields.


 Publishing Agreements,  Contracts and Transactions

Axis represents literary industry clients in a wide variety of contracts and transactions with the various parties involved in bringing literary works to mass market:

  • Publishing Agreements
  • Adaption agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Contract negotiations
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Literary agent agreements
  • Management agreements
  • Screenplay agreements
  • Writing agreements
  • Ghostwriting agreements
  • Shadowriting agreements
  • Creative writing services agreements
  • Life/bio rights agreements
  • E-publishing agreements
  • Screenwriter agreements


    Intellectual Property & Licensing

Axis assists Literary and Publishing industry clients with a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing matters, ranging across copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, confidentiality, and related matters:

  • Artwork releases
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Assignments
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Content-Licensing Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Registrations


 Disputes, Lawsuits, and Litigation

Axis represents clients in Literary and Publishing clients in a wide range of disputes, lawsuits, and litigation, ranging multiple practice areas:

  • Participation/residual accounting
  • Accounting disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Infringement
  • Copyright infringement
  • Trademark infringement
  • Publisher insolvency
  • Counterfeiting
  • Cyber-piracy
  • Unfair competition
  • Invasions of privacy
  • Violation of rights of publicity
  • Non-payment of debts or money for services rendered


 Entertainment FAQs

Our FAQs answer the most common issues faced by entertainment clients.

We have an extensive FAQ Library that covers the most common questions we get from entertainment clients, as well as FAQs on recent changes in law.
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Did you know that our clients’ legal dollars are hard at work giving back to the community? Axis is a significant donor and supporter of a multitude of charitable giving projects in the community as well as nationwide, donating a portion of legal fees to a variety of underserved needs and causes. Check out at our latest charitable giving projects below, and know that in supporting Axis, you are helping us improve hundreds of lives.

National Recognition

The talent at Axis has been recognized nationally for its legal services in a variety of publications, news outlets and other channels across the nation and internationally.

Representing Clients from 22+ Countries Internationally

Axis has represented a wide variety of business clients  in numerous deals, transactions, contracts, agreements, disputes and legal matters. For information on how we may be able to assist you, please contact [email protected].