Many people are writers, to one extent or another – but few are fortunate enough to be paid to do it. Writing (or “IP”, or “content” as some like to call it) is at the root of much of entertainment these days. Writers write not only in a variety of genres, but in a variety of media, which means that their rights may be exploited (and potentially infringed) in a variety of ways. Consequently, it’s important for writers and their attorneys to have a solid understanding of their legal rights, in order to protect their content and themselves.
In this program, Authors Guild General Counsel Cheryl Davis explains some of the basics of copyright law and how it impacts writers in books, theater, film, and television. Davis covers recent developments in case law and discusses the myriad of factors writers and their attorneys should keep in mind when both writing and licensing their work.
Cheryl L. Davis is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild. She is a former partner at the firm of Menaker & Herrmann LLP, a general commercial practice firm in New York City. She is a litigator who concentrates in intellectual property matters (particularly copyright and trademark cases), employment, and real estate/construction related matters. She has counseled architects and design professionals on how to protect their intellectual property, and has made multiple industry presentations on the topic. She is also a co-author of Law for Architects: What You Need to Know.
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I really enjoyed that presentation. The presenter did an excellent job!
Very well prepared and interesting presentation.
Usually these are boring, this one was actually very interesting.
got better as she delved further into the subject, which she clearly knows quite well.
Thank you for the information.
clear and lucid; well informed and highly qualified lecturer
Very well organized and coherent. Very informative!
very good seminar
The speaker is well educated and well versed in her field
Extremely informative presentation. Practical and explained the subject matter in an easily understood manner.
one of the best teachers you have get more of her programs very pleasing modulated delivery
Ms. Davis' presentation was excellent as was the content of the course materials.
The presenter was excellent
A helpful overview, especially the discussion of the differences between theater and film/TV rights.
Well-timed and thoughtful presentation with great information.
very articulate, substantive presentation
Great seminar. Cheryl is really insightful
Absolutely great lecture. Ms. Davis is both charming and an expert knowledgeable in the field of copyright law.
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