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.
This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit
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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Very interesting and gave practical, useful information.
Great depth of reference materials/
An excellent presentation and very informative.
This was my first Lawline course and I enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to viewing other courses.
Cheryl did a great job presenting and following the course material.
Very clear and pleasant to listen to as well as substantively informative
Cheryl Davis did a fantastic job. I'd love to see more of her presentations
Keep up the good work
Very thorough and helpful presentation!!!
Excellent CLE program
Very good, clear, informative, and comprehensive.
Great program, great presenter.
Ms. Davis' presentation was excellent. She covered all pertinent points on the topic in an easy-to-understand and coherent manner. I look forward to watching her other Lawline presentation.
Interesting application to real-world events.
Good practical suggestions for writers and attorneys - much appreciated!
This was a very informative presentation, made by an attorney who not only knows her stuff but also can relate as a client. Very well presented. Thank you.
Extremely enjoyable and informative. Fantastic course.
The presentation was excellent and very informative.
Excellent program. Thank you.
She was great
Wonderful, very knowledgeable speaker. Very good presentation!
The lecture offered a very comprehensive oversight especially for listeners not well-versed in this area of law.
Excellent presentation in all respects - thank you
One of the best presenters, so far.
very clear and organized lecture
The presenter was excellent
Very informative and interesting
Very Interesting. I learned a lot about an area of practice I have aways been interested in.
The speaker was very knowledgeable. This presentation was thorough. I enjoyed listening to the speaker. She answered many of my questions on this topic. Thank you.
I knew a bit about it going in, but I got a lot of additional info to attach to my Copyright base. Good Stuff !
This was a jam-packed presentation, I had little idea of the breadth of this subject. Very well presented.
very good presentation
Well organized presentation
Excellent presentation with broad application to other contracts generally in other fields.
Very thorough and useful.
Very interesting topic.
I really enjoyed this course - great instructor!
As a first time user of LawLine, I was very pleased with content and quality.
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.
Good presentation skills