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A Primer on Publishing Law

Can I quote song lyrics or poetry in my book? When can I incorporate other people’s photography and art in my own work? What if I want to write about a real person? Could I be sued for defamation? Am I allowed to use other people's artwork on my website promoting my book, or in my book trailer? In this webinar, publishing attorney and literary agent Jacqui Lipton will cover the publishing law basics, surveying copyright, fair use, defamation, privacy and contract law (contracts with agents and publishing houses and touch on contracts you might sign if you go the indie publishing route). Come along with your legal questions and concerns! Jacqui is a frequent commentator on legal and business issues in publishing and the author of Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers.
Presenter: Jacqui Lipton (LL.B., M.F.A., Ph.D.) writes academic texts about legal issues in the digital age. She has taught at leading law schools in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, including the University of Houston, the University of Pittsburgh, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Florida, the University of Melbourne, the University of Nottingham, and Monash University. Her academic and professional work has focused on law in the digital age, with an emphasis on copyright, trademark, privacy, business and contract law.

She holds an LL.B. from the University of Melbourne and LL.M./Ph.D. degrees in international/comparative intellectual property law from Cambridge University. She also holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches online courses on fiction writing and a variety of legal issues.


Details: A Primer on Publishing Law takes place Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm remotely online via Zoom.

Prerequisite: None

Genre: All Genres.

Level: All levels.

Format: Craft talk 

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 35 participants

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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