Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Legal Informational Skype Workshop

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Date(s) - 10/21/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Coppell Public Library and Community Commons
177 N Heartz Rd - Coppell, TX 75019


Can I quote song lyrics in my novel? Am I allowed to write about real people? How do I prevent someone from stealing my idea or my story? What is fair use and how does it apply to my work? Do I have to register my manuscript or artwork at the Copyright Office to be protected?


Legal issues are becoming increasingly relevant for authors and illustrators, particularly those who self-publish without the benefit of an agent or attorney. The most common legal issues that impact these creators in the publishing industry are copyright, contract, and, to some extent, trademark, defamation and privacy law.

This 60-minute Skype workshop provides an introduction for both self-publishing and traditionally published creators to basic legal issues they may confront when writing and marketing their work. It also explains what legal situations authors and illustrators can most easily handle on their own (e.g. copyright registration) versus when, and how, to seek affordable legal information and assistance. 

Jacqueline was part of the faculty at the Austin confernce. Read her conference interview here

jaqueline lipton

Jacqueline Lipton is author of Inside the Palisade, a YA novel and receipent of the Purple Dragonfly Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is a law professor at the University of Houston College of Law and holds a Ph.D. in intellectual property law with an emphasis in legal issues for authors and artists from Cambringe University and an Masters of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.