Counting the Duties – and Costs – of a Literary Executor

Welcome back to our continuing Wednesday series on literary executors. Although a general executor can handle the author’s entire estate, including literary issues, authors who name or arrange for a specific literary executor should be aware that literary executors (or trustees) manage only the author’s literary estate. This includes: 1. Copyrights and other intellectual property rights (including print and e-book, film, TV, and stage adaptations). 2. Managing publishing contracts and licenses in force at the time of the author’s death. 3. Derivative works licensing (mainly for sequels and/or formats not exploited during the author’s lifetime). 4. Collection of royalties. 5.

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