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Legal Rights of Authors: Literary Agreements, Option Agreements and Copyright

January 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Matthew Hooper will take you through a typical literary contract, and discuss issues like advances, personal liability, ownership of derivative works, royalties, affiliate licensing and similar issues (concentrating on land mines to avoid and how to protect your long term rights). He will discuss copyright issues and option agreements as well. Matt is holding this FREE presentation to help local authors better understand their legal rights, as many sign agency agreements or publishing contracts without understanding the ramifications of the document they are signing.

Topics to be discussed:

Typical Literary Contracts

  • Advances
  • Land Mines to Avoid
  • Personal Liability
  • Ownership of Derivative Works
  • Royalties
  • Affiliate Licensing
  • Protecting Your Long-Term Rights

Copyright Issues

  • What does copyright protect?
  • Should I register my work?
  • How do I register my work?
  • Joint Authors

Option Agreements

  • Land Mines to Avoid
  • Ownership of Derivative Works
  • Reserved Rights
  • Credits

Matthew Hooper is Chairman of the Arts & Entertainment Group for the Foster Pepper law firm. In that capacity, he represents multiple authors and screenwriters. Prior to his work at Foster Pepper, Matt served as Chairman of the Arts, Entertainment & Sports Group for the West Coast law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey.