You'll Love This OnDemand Webinar If:
- You are a memoirist or writer who uses real people in both nonfiction and fiction work (defamation and invasion of privacy can affect fiction writers, too!)
- You need to use portions of other writers' work and are concerned about copyrighted material vs. public domain, fair use, and how to get permission
- You are new to publishing & are unfamiliar with publishing contracts or need a contracts refresher
This seminar, taught by an attorney, will explain legal basics of concern to both fiction and nonfiction writers. Participants will learn how to safely prepare and protect their work while not treading on the copyright or privacy rights of others.
She also discusses how to get the most out of your publishing contract, for both articles and books.
In This OnDemand Webinar You'll Learn:
- Protecting Your Copyright: How to protect your work, and what steps to take should you feel that your work was stolen.
- Fair Use and Permissions: What can you use in a book without a release from the owner? Common questions involve song lyrics, book passages, and lengthy quotes. All will be discussed.
- Preventing Defamation: Can you mention real names and places in a story? You can — but there are specific dos and don'ts you need to know.
- Invasion of Privacy Issues: When can intrusions into someone's personal life result in a legitimate and winnable lawsuit?
- Contract basics: Make sure you don't sign away your publishing rights without checking with an expert first.
About Amy Cook:
Amy Cook is an attorney who has focused on intellectual property and publishing law issues for 17 years. She is on the board of directors of Lawyers for the Creative Arts and serves as the Managing Editor of the Chicago Bar Association's magazine, The Record. She is a frequent seminar leader, most often at Chicago's Newberry Library and also has been a presenter at the University of Chicago's Graham School of Continuing Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Depaul University, among others. Cook is proud to have a long association with Writer's Digest
magazine, having initiated their "Ask the Lawyer" column, and has written numerous feature articles on legal issues affecting writers.
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