What Every Writer Needs to Know About the Law (via Zoom)


Saturday, January 8, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


When writing your book, have you ever asked yourself “can I use this material without getting sued?” or “how can I protect my work and myself?”

Come join Joseph Perry, Esq. and Jen Chen Tran, Esq., as they explain the basic building blocks of intellectual property law and first amendment law as they relate to writers. In their webinar, you will learn, among other things, what is a copyright (and what qualifies for registration); what is a trademark (and what authors need to be aware of when writing); what is fair use (and how to best protect authors); what is defamation and right of privacy (and the multiple considerations to heed); and the right of publicity (and the potential issues working with celebrities).

Registration is FREE for HVWC members, $5 for students and seniors, or $10 for general admission.
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This webinar will be held via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent at the time of registration (please check spam filters) and again the day before the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions. There will be a Q&A after the webinar presentation.

Joseph Perry is a publishing attorney and literary agent at The Law Offices of Joseph J. Perry, P.C. and Perry Literary, Inc. respectively. As an attorney, Joseph counsels clients in the publishing industry, where he drafts and negotiates various publishing agreements, conducts pre-publication review of manuscripts, registers copyrights, and helps authors start their own publishing companies. As an agent he represents bestselling cookbook authors, athletes, musicians, journalists, influencers, academics, and more. Joseph obtained his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Bonaventure University. He is a graduate of New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. Joseph is licensed to practice law in New York.

Jennifer Chen Tran is a literary agent and a publishing attorney. Jennifer is a skilled and shrewd negotiator with over a decade of experience in the legal and publishing industry. After law school, she served as Of Counsel to The New Press, a not-for-profit publisher based in NYC, where she handled their publishing contracts and permissions. As an attorney, she has also represented visual artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and others individuals in the creative space. She has obtained favorable results for her clients in legal and publishing disputes, avoiding costly litigation and finding a win-win solution for all parties involved. She is also very familiar with obtaining rights reversions for her clients so that they can continue to breathe second life into their literary work. During law school, Jennifer externed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Criminal Division, Northern District of California), the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts Appeals Court (working with the Honorable Gary S. Katzmann), and with In-House Counsel at Dell EMC. She also represented her law school in the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition. Jennifer obtained her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern School of Law and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She is licensed to practice law in New York and California.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Times: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event
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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953

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