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Legal Advice For Authors & Publishers

Get a fast and affordable publishing attorney for your manuscript, eBook or other work with Prosper Law. Speak with our legal and advisory specialists about your rights and obligations as a creator or distributor.​

If you have written a manuscript or need help in navigating agreements, our friendly team of book contract lawyers know how to protect your rights and negotiate in the best interests of you and your work.

We provide fixed-fee legal services for Australian creators and distributors – so you can have the coverage you need, and the peace of mind you deserve.

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Our Publication Law Services

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Legal Reads & Advice for Authors & Distributors

As experienced publishing lawyers, we’ve represented clients in relation to defamation, intellectual property infringement, libel, sedition, contempt, and misleading/deceptive conduct matters and can offer our services in an advisory or representative capacity.

We provide legal advice for authors and publishing houses surrounding any questions or queries about the processes and legalities.


Book Contract Lawyer for Contracts

If you need a lawyer to review, write a confidentiality agreement, publishing agreement, distribution agreement, or eBook agreement, Prosper Law has your needs covered.

Copyrights, licensing, and general contractual arrangements are at the heart of most publishing law matters. This is why our team works tirelessly to ensure that clients have a full understanding of the agreements they are presented with

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Fixed Fee Publishing Attorneys

From your first consultation, we will openly discuss the fixed rate we can offer you. As your publishing attorney we will always endeavour to secure optimal and efficient solutions for whatever issue you present to us.​

We have provided manuscript reads and served in advisory capacities to writers and editors across Australia. If you’re unable to get to an office that’s okay as well. We are set up to offer our services through authenticated and secure online channels.


Copyright Licensing and Clearance

Our experienced book lawyers will ensure that your copyright is protected. We draft licensing agreements and intellectual property contracts.

We advise authors and publishers on copyright infringement issues. Whether it's a cease and desist letter or advice to avoid breaching someone else's copyright, we can help.

Why choose Prosper Law?

Publication legal issues are complicated

The legalities surrounding publishing law can be complicated, confusing, and expensive. With Prosper Law and our fixed-rate and exceptional expertise – these worries are a thing of the past.

We have successfully represented and advised a multitude of clients in the creative arts and distribution/publication industry and have the necessary experience to secure the best solution for you.

We care about our clients

From the first meeting, you will understand the care we put towards our clients. We take the time to understand the particulars and the needs of your legal matter – and thanks to our fixed-fee base, you’ll never have to worry about how much you’re spending.

We are a fixed-fee law firm

Our publishing attorneys are fixed-fee. This gives our clients certainty around their legal costs. We will give you an upfront fee and that’s exactly what you will be billed for at the end of your matter.

What our clients say

Deborah Lawrie
Deborah Lawrie
Brooke Ferris at Prosper Law has helped me navigate copy write issues and a Life Rights agreement. Brooke is thorough, fast, efficient and knowledgable and has a no fuss down to earth approach. I am very grateful for her help.
Prosper Law were so easy and quick to communicate with. Employment Lawyer, Krystal, was incredibly helpful. We were on a tight schedule and she made it happen quickly and efficiently, meanwhile answering any and all our questions we had regarding the contract. Highly recommend!!
Miguel Diaz
Miguel Diaz
Parkinson’s Queensland engaged Prosper Law to assist with a contract review. Their contract lawyer was fast, approachable and provided excellent customer service. Highly recommend Prosper Law if you are looking for a well-rounded contract lawyer or need help with contract reviews.
Elizabeth Roughan
Elizabeth Roughan
First timer to this online service but loved it. Quick, efficient and online so no dressing up to go into the city! Have already referred a business partner. Will continue to get advise on contracts from them moving forward.
Merzi Mody
Merzi Mody
Unfortunately (despite all the positive reviews) our experience with Prosper was extremely disappointing and I have fed this back to the firm. We had one of our lead-in consults with an Associate Lawyer at Prosper on Tue 21.11.23 (15mins) and in LESS THAN 2 days we accepted Prosper's contract/terms, only to be told "we do not have the capacity to take on this matter". We were instead told, "you can use the “Find A Solicitor” function on the Queensland Law Society website to find a lawyer”. During this period there had been no change to the content/scenario regarding the matter whatsoever. It made the whole interaction with Prosper frustrating and unrewarding for us personally.
Holly Teague
Holly Teague
Big Thank you to Krystal and Prosper Law for expediting my employment contract and getting it back to me within 48 hours. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for an employment lawyer.
Larissa Rogers
Larissa Rogers
I came across Prosper Law while searching for an Employment Lawyer for a recent dispute. I had the pleasure of working with both Krystal and Farrah and I am extremely grateful for their attention to detail and guidance throughout my matter.
Yatin Kulkarni
Yatin Kulkarni
Absolutely fantastic work by Carlyn Sicat and Farrah Motley by turning around the review of my Contract within 24 hours. Crystal clear recommendations and therefore didn't need any follow up. Highly recommended recommend them if you need an employment lawyer!
Connor Summers
Connor Summers
Our business needed urgent legal advice for several employment law matters. Prosper Law’s employment contract lawyers were quick to respond, offered a fixed fee price for their legal services and were able to achieve a great result for our business. For any employers looking for a quality employment law firm, we highly recommend the team at Prosper Law.
Jane Gentle
Jane Gentle
If you are looking to hire a legal counsel on retainer, I highly recommend the Prosper Law legal team. Having engaged with Prosper at work over the past 5 months, I have found them to be great in-house lawyers and who know their stuff when it comes to contract reviews, employment law advice and marketing and consumer law… and they’re reasonably priced

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Publishing Law FAQs

Why should I engage a publishing lawyer?

Whether you’re a writer or running a publishing house, it is always recommended to engage a lawyer that has the expertise and understanding of publishing law.

Particularly as the landscape of literature, creative ventures, and their relation to publishing law is constantly changing. This is because publishing law itself is comprised of several different facets of legislation that could fall under copyright, defamation, intellectual property, contract law, among others.

The Prosper Law team can offer a valuable level of expertise and experience to ensure that your work and intellectual property is protected and legally binding in all circumstances whether you’re a creator or distributor.

We understand that there is often some confusing terminology and a seemingly immense number of hoops to jump – this is why our publication law services are straightforward and offered on a fixed-fee basis.

What laws are relevant to publishing?

There are many laws that are relevant to publishing. In Australia, the Copyright Act, Defamation Acts and Privacy Act are some of the few laws that are relevant to publishing. When our team of book lawyers review manuscripts and pre-publication materials, we get behind the story so that we can identify the legal issues and provide the best advice.

Is it important to hire a publishing attorney to review contracts?

Yes, it is very important to engage a lawyer to review a publishing contract before signing it. Publishing agreements can give and take rights away. Because the copyright in written material is a central part of its value, it is critical to ensure you understand the rights and obligations under the agreement.

Our lawyers can advise on what people consider ‘normal’ publishing terms, as well as ones that may create risk or are unfair.

What is a hybrid publishing contract?

A hybrid publishing contract involves the author contributing to the cost of publication. This usually involves an upfront fee, rather than receiving an advance.

Sometimes the royalties are greater because of the upfront cost paid by the author.