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A Second Bite at the Apple: Getting Rights in Your Book Back

Presenter: Brenda Ulrich, Partner, Archstone Law Group PC

Brenda UlrichMost publishing contracts are for the life of the copyright, so how could an author ever get their rights back? Brenda will discuss the role of reversion clauses in a publishing contracts, which allow rights in a book to revert to their authors under certain circumstances. Questions covered will include:

  • What is a rights reversion?
  • In what circumstances could/should an author seek a reversion of rights?
  • The reversion of rights clause - what is it, how to see if you have any rights per your contract
  • What are the benefits to seeking a reversion of rights? What can you do once you have your rights back?
  • How do you go about seeking a reversion of rights

Note: She will not be focusing on statutory termination rights in this webinar, though if time allows Brenda can take questions on this topic as well.

Brenda Ulrich is an intellectual property attorney who focuses on publishing, higher education, copyright and trademark law. Brenda represents authors negotiating and interpreting publishing agreements, agency agreements, and joint author agreements. She also advises colleges and universities on the development and implementation of intellectual property policies, navigating copyright questions related to teaching and scholarship, as well as managing and defending college and university trademark portfolios. She is a partner in the law firm of Archstone Law Group PC.

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