Daliah Saper lectures at Publishing Symposium: Pen to Digital Press

On Saturday, February 11th, Daliah Saper lectured at Pen to Digital Press:  DIY Publishing in the Digital Age, a symposium organized by Lawyers for the Creative Arts and John Marshall Law School.
During her presentation, Daliah discussed copyrights, trademarks, work for hire contracts, and key provisions in a publishing agreement. Details about the conference are included below.
Also, if you missed SaperLaw’s own seminar devoted to the topic of becoming an author, check out the video recording  You Should Write a Book! Saper law clients discussed their trials and tribulations as it related to their quest to publish or self-publish their work.

Pen to Digital Press-DIY Publishing in the Digital Age
The purpose of the program is to provide educational content on legal and business aspects of publishing literary work.  The main focus will be on publication of both print and electronic books, but we will also discuss unique copyright implications of blogging, understanding submission terms for online publication of articles, writing for television, best fair use practices when writing poetry and new media, work-made-for-hire and freelance issues, as well as the overall state of the industry as it adapts to licensing electronic usage rights in literary work.
Lawyer panelists will distinguish contractual problems inherent in various self-publishing contracts and how to distinguish good from bad deal terms to best protect writers’ interests.  They will also address the concept of “idea protection” and how to professionally submit a query as an offer for sale; review, privacy, right of publicity and misappropriation claims; and explain how to do due diligence as a writer and clear third party content.
Invited published authors, agents, and private publishers will explain the state of the industry, building a platform and marketing, working with literary agents, and dealing directly with traditional publishers.  The event also features our Writers Round Table Forum, a keynote address from best selling author, Jay Bonansinga, and a guest presentation from Mark Levine, President of Hillcrest Media Group and author of The Fine Print in Self-Publishing, now in its fourth edition.
Come hear from our experienced panelists and benefit from our written materials so that you can publish like a pro and maintain rights in your literary work.

Presenters:

Joanne Cleaver, Author of The Career Lattice (2012).


Maureen Collins
, Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School; Member of the Legal Writing Institute.

Danielle Egan-Miller, President, Browne & Miller Literary Associates LLC; Member of Association of Authors’ Representatives, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and the Midwest Writers’ Association.
Mary Hutchings Reed, Author of Courting Kathleen Hannigan (2007) and Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP.

Suzanne Isaacs, Founder and President of Ampersand, Inc.

Thomas R. Leavens, Partner at Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler LLC; Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University Law School and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah; Member, Authors Guild.

Mark Levine, President Hillcrest Media Group, Inc. and Author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, 4th Ed. (2011).

Joanna MacKenzie, Associate Agent, Browne & Miller Literary Associates, LLC.

Robert L. Margolis, Partner at Robinson, Curley & Clayton P.C.

Anne Elizabeth Moore, Faculty, School of the Art Institute; Columnist at Truthout; Cultural Critic at Independent, Author ofCambodian Grrrl:  Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh (2011); Unmarketable:  Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity (2007); The Manifesti of Radical Literature (2006), and more.

Daliah Saper, Principal at Saper Law Offices LLC and Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University School of Law.

Joseph Siprut, Managing Partner at Siprut P.C. and Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University Law School.
Round Table topics and speakers:
WRITING FOR TELEVISION
Elaine Loeser, Faculty at University of Michigan, Dept. of Screen Arts and Culture; Former Writer for Law & Order
ATTENDING CONFERENCES:  WHICH ONES AND WHAT TO EXPECT
Lois Barliant, Former Editor of Chicago Quarterly Review
MANAGING YOUR TIME
Joanne Cleaver, Author of The Career Lattice
MORE ABOUT THE PRIVATE PUBLISHING MODEL: AMPERSAND
Suzanne Isaacs, President of Ampersand, Inc.
WRITING, PUBLISHING AND SELF-PUBLISHING ROMANCE
Ruth Kaufman, Romance Writers of America 2011 Inspirational Golden Heart Winner
ASK AN AGENT
Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna MacKenzie of Browne & Miller Literary Associates
AUTHOR WEBSITES
Shari Stauch, Social Media Strategist
LITERARY MAGAZINES IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Don Share, the Poetry Foundation
REWRITING YOUR CAREER
Mary Hutchings Reed, Author of Courting Kathleen Hannigan, Partner at Winston & Strawn
OWNERSHIP OF FREELANCE ARTICLES, BLOGS and ONLINE SUBMISSIONS
Marci A. Rolnik, Legal Director, LCA
BUILDING YOUR BRAND:  TRADEMARKS 101
Daliah Saper, Principal at Saper Law Offices LLC
ARE IDEAS AS FREE AS THE AIR
Joseph Siprut, Managing Partner at Siprut P.C.

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