Jacqueline Lipton, law professor, consultant, and literary agent, discusses her accessible, reader-friendly handbook for authors, agents, and editors in navigating the legal landscape of the contemporary publishing industry, in conversation with publishing expert Jane Friedman. In Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers, Lipton addresses issues of copyright, explaining fair use and public domain; trademark and branding concerns; laws that impact the ways authors might use social media and marketing promotions; and privacy and defamation questions writers may face.

This event is presented as part of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Virginia Writing & Publishing series, hosted by these writing centers and organizations across Virginia: 1455 Literary Arts, James River Writers, The Muse, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register below. The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on VaBook.org/Watch.

This event will include live-captioning.

Thanks to our bookseller for this event, M. Revak & Company.

“An excellent resource for authors seeking to understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Jacqueline Lipton explains complicated legal doctrines in simple and clear language, using relatable real-world examples. Lawyers should add this book as recommended reading for their clients.” —Lydia Pallas Loren, Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School

“Lipton has a gift for distilling complex legal terms and concepts into language that not only enlightens, but empowers. Smart, entertaining, and extremely useful, this is a guide you will turn to time and again, whether you’re writing your first book or publishing your seventh.” —Bree Barton, author of the Heart of Thorns trilogy

“Lipton’s comprehensive, clear, and eminently approachable handbook is essential reading for authors who want to navigate their rights and responsibilities as writers.” —Brianna L. Schofield, Executive Director, Authors Alliance

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