Are you about to sign a publishing contract, a subsidiary rights agreement, an agency agreement or any other agreement related to book publishing? Do you know how to read/analyze the agreement? Can you figure out what the agreement is actually saying? What about the potholes and pitfalls? Do you know enough to review the fine print and negotiate terms that are fair to you as an Author? Which rights and formats are you granting to the publisher – electronic and audiobook? Film and TV? Which specific territories and languages can your work be published in?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, plan to attend our March meeting on Monday, March 27.
Our presenter, Mark Reichenthal, Esq., will show writers what to look for–and look out for–in the “fine print” of the various contracts that book, magazine, and newspaper writers will encounter in author-publisher, author-agent, and writer collaboration agreements.
Mark practices in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, new media, entertainment law, book publishing, and general business contracts. Prior to joining Branfman Law Group, P.C., Mark was a Senior Counsel at Wiley Publishing, Inc., publisher of the wildly successful and famous “For Dummies” series where Mark was responsible for managing the day-to- day legal affairs of the company including the negotiation of book contracts, supervising the enforcement of the “For Dummies” trademark, and all company trademark and copyright licensing.
Mark is a frequent speaker to various author and publishing groups. Mark earned his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law in 1995 and a Master of Science Degree in Book and Magazine publishing at Pace University in 1992. After joining the Bar, he was the Contracts Manager for Vivendi Universal’s software division. Mark was a member of the Board of Directors of the North County Bar Association (“NCBA”) in San Diego and was also Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property and Business Law Sections of the NCBA. Mark currently teaches Principles of Copyright and Computer & Software Law as part of University of California San Diego’s Extension Program. Mark is admitted to practice law in California.