SavvyAuthors Webinars

 

Copyright for Authors. Trademark for Authors with Jacqueline Lipton

 
 

Thursday April 25 @ 9 – 10 p.m. EST

Ahh, copyright. Who really understands it? Not even lawyers, for the most part. The truth is that copyright is complicated, especially for authors who may be worried about being accused of stealing ideas (or lines of poems or songs) from other people, or who may be concerned about protecting their own work from digital piracy. This webinar outlines the basics of American copyright law and the fair use defense, as well as illustrating some of the differences between American and foreign copyright law for those seeking to publish in foreign markets. We’ll also explain the difference between copyrights and trademarks and the extent to which you can use trademarks to protect your author brand. We’ll leave plenty of time for questions at the end.

Webinar is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. EST.

The topics will include:

  • What is copyright law about?
  • What is trademark law about?
  • What’s the difference?
  • Differences between U.S. and foreign copyright and trademark law.
  • Protecting your copyrights and trademarks.
  • Using other people’s work in your writing—fair use and permissions.
  • What’s in the public domain? How does it differ from the creative commons?
 

About Jacqueline: Jacqui has published flash pieces and short stories both under her own name and under the pen-name K C Maguire. Her debut novel, Inside the Palisade, a young adult sci-fi story was published by Lodestone (U.K.) in 2015 and won the Purple Dragonfly Award for science-fiction and fantasy in 2016, as well as placing in the Houston Writer’s Guild fiction writing contest the previous year. Jacqui holds an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts as well as fiction writing certificates from UCLA Extension and Stanford Online. She is a popular speaker on legal issues for authors and can be found online at kcmaguire.com

Contract Issues for Authors (Traditional Publishing) with Jacqueline Lipton

 
 
 

Thursday May 23 @ 9 – 10 p.m. EST

If you’re contemplating the traditional publishing path (via an agent and established publishing house), you’re going to be signing contracts. Contracts with your agent will authorize her to represent you and attempt to sell your work, while contracts with your editor will involve licenses of your rights in return for compensation (advances and royalties). This webinar will explain the ins and outs of typical agent and publishing contract terms for those considering the traditional publishing path. Come along with all your questions and we’ll make sure we have time to answer them.

Webinar is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. EST.

Topics include:

  • Contracts with agents—standard terms.
  • Contracts with publishing houses (licensing your rights, understanding your legal obligations).
  • Key terms to watch out for in agent and publishing contracts.
  • What you agent will (and won’t) do for you under your agency arrangement.
  • Agent’s contractual and fiduciary duties to you.
  • What happens when the agency relationship breaks down?
  • What happens when a publishing contract ends? Rights reversion and other questions.
 

About Jacqueline: Jacqui has published flash pieces and short stories both under her own name and under the pen-name K C Maguire. Her debut novel, Inside the Palisade, a young adult sci-fi story was published by Lodestone (U.K.) in 2015 and won the Purple Dragonfly Award for science-fiction and fantasy in 2016, as well as placing in the Houston Writer’s Guild fiction writing contest the previous year. Jacqui holds an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts as well as fiction writing certificates from UCLA Extension and Stanford Online. She is a popular speaker on legal issues for authors and can be found online at kcmaguire.com