eBooks are changing the rights landscape for authors and publishers

An intellectual property lawyer suggests

“Under older, more traditional contracts, the rights would revert when [a book] went out-of-print, meaning it was no longer being distributed in print form. Now, with print-on-demand and ebooks, it’s becoming irrelevant. I think what we need to do is create a new structure for those rights to revert back to the author — that could be based on some sort of minimum sales threshold and that the book is no longer available through the major online retail channels.”

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