Publishing guide
Produced in partnership with Duncan Calow of DLA Piper
Publishing guide

The following TMT practice note produced in partnership with Duncan Calow of DLA Piper provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Publishing guide
  • Overview
  • Product creation—inputs
  • Collecting societies
  • Moral rights
  • Pre-publication clearance
  • Sales—output
  • Secondary markets
  • Open access
  • Orphan works

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for TMT?


This Practice Note gives a short overview of the legal and contractual framework for the publishing industry with introductory background on some of the key commercial and technology factors.

Publishers make content available in a range of formats and for a variety of purposes and audiences. Traditionally, the sector has divided between: trade publishers who produce material for a general or consumer audience; and other publishers who focus on the educational, academic, professional or scientific, technical, medical markets. In practice, there may be overlap between these and with other sectors and this has increased as digital media has developed, for example, as between newspaper and magazine publishers and the broadcasting and audiovisual sector. There has been debate as to whether social media and other online platforms should be treated (legally) as ‘publishers’. See the online harms section of Practice Note: Copyright, media

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