Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Program on Copyright Issues

The Washington, DC, chapter of Women’s National Book Association (a networking group I belong to and highly recommend) is presenting the following program with speaker Joy Butler (who wrote for the blog about copyright issues here):

The Ins and Outs of Copyright

Confused about what is--and isn’t--covered by copyright? Wondering whether you need to file for copyright to protect something you’ve created? Then our April program on “The Ins and Outs of Copyright” is for you! You’ll learn about current copyright law, what rights you might need to clear for your work, and when it’s okay to use copyrighted material without getting permission.

Our program panelist is member Joy Butler, an entertainment, intellectual property, and business attorney, who appeared at our well-received October program on self-publishing. Joy’s recent work for media clients includes negotiating literary agency agreements, book publishing contracts, television series deals, script sales, talent agreements, and database licensing agreements.

Whether you’re writing a cookbook, screenplay, poem, daily blog, or the great American novel, you’ll want to come to Sumner School once again to gain a wealth of tips on copyright. The program is scheduled for April 24 and is, as usual, free to WNBA/Washington members and $10 for non-members.

The Ins and Outs of Copyright
Thursday, April 24, 2008
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
1201 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
(Across from National Geographic Society, two blocks north of Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Orange and Blue Lines) Metro Stations

Free to WNBA members; $10 for non-members
Light refreshments, opportunities to purchase speaker’s book.
Cash or check--sorry, no credit cards
Some street parking after 6:30 p.m.; $5 garage parking on M St between 16th & 17th after 6 p.m.
RSVP: By Monday, April 21, to, or to

About the speaker: Joy R. Butler’s private practice focuses on entertainment, intellectual property, and business law. Her publications include The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions and a forthcoming book on internet law issues. She also blogs on media and intellectual property law issues at Joy earned her law degree at Harvard Law School and a B.A. in economics at Harvard College. For more info, please see her web site.


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