Register your mastheads as trade marks. Domain names, Business
and company name registrations don't give you protection for
the name as against other traders. Do a search, or get us to do
one, before deciding on a new masthead, as the name may not be
EMPLOYEE / CONTRIBUTOR AGREEMENTS
While content that an employee creates is generally owned by the
employer, content created by a freelance contributor is generally
not, unless you agree in writing that it is. If you are sourcing a
fair amount of content from external contributors, most publishers
develop a standard contributors agreement that deals with fees /
payment, ownership of content, usage rights, re-use fees, and
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ADVERTISERS
These need to deal with issues including payment, liability for
misleading advertising, flexibility to edit ad content and
While not all publishers are captured by the Privacy Act, most
publishers want to adopt best practice compliance, given the
importance to subscribers of transparency and disclosure with their
personal information. This is especially the case if you are going
to use your database for marketing purposes or make it available to
third parties who may do so, or if there is a chance that the
personal information you hold will be transferred offshore. You
on how to implement it, and how best to get consent to your privacy
terms in the data collection process.
DEFAMATION AND LIABILITY ISSUES INCLUDING IN THE ONLINE SPACE,
BLOGOSPHERE AND IN SOCIAL MEDIA
Publishers generally deal with defamation issues as they arise,
however it is good to have some knowledge of the law in this area
so you know how to deal with liability issues quickly and
confidently when they arise. Often it is advisable to get some
pre-publication advice and clearance where the subject matter is
potentially controversial. Particular liability issues arise in the
context of forums, chats and blogs where other people are posting
on your platform.
LICENSED CONTENT AND COPYRIGHT ISSUES
So that you don't end up liable for claims of copyright
infringement or unpaid licence fees, you should be aware of what
copyright protects and the limited exceptions that allow you to use
third party copyright material without the owner's consent.
We have considerable experience in masthead and magazine
licensing, both from the perspective of licensor and licensee.
There are a few tricks and traps so it's best to take advice on
protecting your interests in a licensed publication
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