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Member Spotlight: Stephen E. Gillen

Guide to Rights Clearance & Permissions for scholarly, educational, and trade publishingStephen E. GillenTAA member Stephen E. Gillen is a Partner at Wood Herron & Evans, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati and an author in the law writing discipline.

His most recent publication is Guide to Rights Clearance & Permissions in scholarly, educational, and trade publishing. He is also the author of Guide to Textbook Publishing Contracts and co-author of Writing and Developing Your College Textbook: A Comprehensive Guide, 3rd edition.

What are you currently working on?

I’m starting my summer break from teaching, so I will be writing articles for publication on copyright and publishing topics.

Share a recent accomplishment.

My firm and I have had some significant successes in recent years in assisting our author clients in the exercise of their termination and recapture rights under current US copyright law. In some cases, this results in author’s recovery of rights granted long ago. In other cases, it results in the renegotiation of the author/publisher relationship going forward.

What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?

My current favorite text is Entertainment Law: Fundamentals and Practice, by Corey Field, published by Cognella.

What is your best TAA experience so far?

The connections I make and friendships I have built over the years at TAA conferences and Council meetings are assets that only appreciate in value over the years.