My thanks to those who commented on my draft of the copyright notice for my book The Structure of M&A Contracts. Here’s my revised version:
© 2010 Kenneth A. Adams
You may copy and distribute without charge this publication’s table of contents, on condition that you include the above copyright notice in any copies.
You may not otherwise copy or distribute any part of this publication without the author’s permission, except as permitted by copyright law. This restriction applies not only to making paper copies for use by others but also to other forms of copying and distribution, including distributing this publication by email or by putting a copy online.
Direct any requests for permission to copy this publication to Kenneth A. Adams at [email address].
Copies of this book can be purchased at [URL] or by calling [phone number].
This represents a big improvement; I’m embarrassed to read the previous version!
Rather than list the various forms of legitimate copying that readers might engage in, I’m banking on those being covered by the carveout for copying permitted by copyright law.
I eliminated the unattractive “finger-wagging,” to use commenter Westmorlandia’s term. But I still say, albeit more gently, that improper copying doesn’t just mean running off photocopies.
I had contemplated saying “Restrictions against unauthorized copying are intended to ensure that authors and publishers are able to continue developing and distributing original works.” But it sounds a bit pious. And anyone who is unaware of the publishing facts of life is presumably not going to be swayed by a copyright notice.