Legal Question in Intellectual Property in California

What is the implication of a publisher retaining the original manuscript and leaving the author with a photocopy?

Asked on 10/21/13, 4:32 am

3 Answers from Attorneys

Frank Natoli Natoli-Lapin, LLC

This is fact alone is not dispositive of anyone's rights in the underlying work, but if you have concerns you should discuss with a lawyer in private.

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Answered on 10/21/13, 7:21 am

Rob Reed Law Office of Robert A. Reed

that the publisher likes it... congrats! make sure you have formally registered copyright. if you need help in this regard, let me know... 8187837998

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Answered on 10/21/13, 8:22 am
Keith E. Cooper Keith E. Cooper, Esq.

In and of itself, this has no particular significance. However, if the manuscript in question is handwritten or typed (rather than computer-generated) or has handwritten notes, it may have some intrinsic value. If you're talking about a new manuscript generated on computer, the "original" would have no intrinsic value, as it could be reprinted multiple times.

It may have just been an arbitrary choice on the publisher's part, and you could always ask to have the original returned to you when the publisher has completed its work.

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Answered on 10/22/13, 11:23 am

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