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Publishing and Writing Law: What You Need to Know

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A recording of this session will be made available to IBPA members on Jan. 5, 2016. Please check back for details.

About the Program:

As writers and publishers, you must understand the fundamentals of this complex and quickly changing area of the law. Your income and your business depend upon a correct understanding. You are all in “business” because of the US Constitution and the copyright, trademark and contract laws enacted not only in the United States but throughout the world. The Internet has opened opportunities to become “global” but it has also opened up opportunities to lose your rights. Yet many writers and publishers operate on the bases of incorrect and anecdotal versions of the law. Come get “straight talk” from Ivan Hoffman, a practicing intellectual property law with 43+ plus years of experience.

While you may have attended other “publishing law” seminars, Mr. Hoffman comes to the law with a great deal of marketing experience, having also practiced for all those years in the music, recording, film and television industries. Those industries market their products better than any other industries and certainly better than the publishing industry. Mr. Hoffman practices writing and publishing law with a view to how to use the law to enable clients to actually make money with their IP.

Some but certainly not all of the topics that may be covered are:

1. The publisher/author agreement.

  • Warranties and representations and indemnities.
  • Third party materials.
  • Joint author issues.
  • Work made for hire issues including the all important California laws in this regard.
  • Royalties including sales vs. license issues and owned and controlled licenses.
  • Ghost writers
  • Failure to publish and “out of print” provisions

2. The need for appropriate agreements with illustrators, editors and other contributors and how the failure to have these agreements may make your project wholly worthless.

3. The relationship of trademark law.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.


About the Presenter:

Smallnew4Ivan Hoffman attended UCLA as an undergraduate (1961-1965) and law school (1965-1968). He was in the Moot Court Honors Program. He is now in his 43rd year of practice. Ivan Hoffman practices in the fields of Writing and Publishing Law, Entertainment Law, Internet Law and Intellectual Property Law including issues related to copyrights, trademarks, licensing, agreements and similar matters. Mr. Hoffman has taught widely about these topics including at UCLA Extension. Mr. Hoffman’s web site (www.ivanhoffman.com) is filled with many articles on these issues.

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