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Seminar: Legal Issues for Editors, Authors, and Freelancers


As an editor, understanding the legal issues surrounding the publishing industry is extremely important for your business, especially if you’re a freelancer. In this seminar, you will learn more about copyright basics, privacy violations, fair use considerations, and trademarks. We will also cover key contract terms such as scope of work and royalties. This seminar will be beneficial to any freelancer, author, or editor who has ever had questions about these complicated legal issues.

After the event, attendees can head over to the Midway Club on the 5th floor of the Gleacher Center for additional networking and a cash bar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the complicated legal issues facing authors, editors, and freelancers and how to address these issues in daily work
  • Identify the major liabilities for writers, including privacy violations, copyright clearance, trademarks, and key contract terms
  • Acquire lessons from example texts and begin to recognize these issues in daily projects


Speaker Bio

Steve L. Baron has significant experience in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on matters involving intellectual property, media, First Amendment, advertising, marketing, and class action defense. Mr. Baron represents media and entertainment companies, advertising and marketing agencies, graphic artists, authors, publishers, recording companies and recording artists, information technology businesses, Internet service providers, and other clients with intellectual property and media interests.

Steve Baron

Mr. Baron has appeared before state and federal courts and arbitrators and mediators on matters involving defamation, privacy, copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets, and to defend clients against class action claims. He also appears in administrative tribunals such as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings and WIPO domain name dispute resolution proceedings.

Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Baron guides clients in selecting and clearing trademarks and prosecuting trademark and copyright applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Copyright Office. He also counsels clients on matters involving rights of publicity and privacy. To assist clients in their commercial relationships, Mr. Baron drafts, reviews, and negotiates a host of agreements, including intellectual property licenses and assignments, software escrow agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, work-made-for-hire agreements, employment agreements, merchant agreements, and website terms of use and privacy policies.

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