Freelancers and Libel: Who Pays? Indemnity Clauses May Protect Publishers, but Alienate Writers
Angelo, Jean, Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management
Freelancers and libel: Who pays?
Indemnity clauses may protect publishers, but alienate writers ] Freelancer material is the lifeblood of many magazines. But should editors risk alienating writers by asking them to sign "indemnity clauses," which make the writer responsible for legal fees if the piece comes under fire?
Glen Evans, president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), says no, and advises freelancers not to sign such agreements. If they must sign, Evans suggests the freelancer at least soften the language.
Evans is not condoning irresponsibility, but says he is watching out for freelancers often ill-prepared to shoulder …
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Publication information: Article title: Freelancers and Libel: Who Pays? Indemnity Clauses May Protect Publishers, but Alienate Writers. Contributors: Angelo, Jean - Author. Magazine title: Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management. Volume: 17. Issue: 4 Publication date: April 1988. Page number: 28+. © 2009 by Media Central Inc., A PRIMEDIA Company. All rights reserved. COPYRIGHT 1988 Gale Group.
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