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Publishing Contracts: Boilerplate Provisions Newly Significant Now (Webinar)

Publishing Contracts: Boilerplate Provisions Newly Significant Now (Webinar)


We will review some of the standard terms and conditions in a trade book contract such as author and publisher termination rights, force majeure/delays in publication, bankruptcy, warranties, indemnities and insurance, and option and competitive works clauses. Several of these clauses deserve a closer look and re-evaluation during these current pandemic times.

Jonathan Lyons is a founding partner of Lyons & Salky Law LLP, a boutique media and entertainment law firm. Jonathan provides counseling to clients in all areas of the media industry, with an emphasis on publishing, copyright, podcasts, employment, and merchandising. His practice includes the representation of authors, artists, publishers, estates, and agents regarding publishing and copyright matters; negotiation of employment agreements for print and broadcast journalists, agents, and publishing executives; counseling to publishers and magazines regarding their intellectual property and business affairs; and neutral arbitration and mediation services for intellectual property disputes. Jonathan has developed a particular expertise in complex and cutting edge transactions in the digital and audio media space.

Jonathan is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Master of Science in Publishing Program, where he teaches a course on contract negotiation. Separately, Jonathan is also a literary agent and Vice President at Curtis Brown, one of the most venerable and prominent literary agencies in the world, where he represents writers in a variety of genres. He has also previously served as Chair for the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.

Sponsored by the Literary Works and Related Rights Committee of EASL

Committee Co-Chairs:

Judy Bass, Esq.

Joan Faier, Esq.

Start Date:
  • August 18, 2020
Start Time:
  • 12:30 PM
End Time:
  • 2:00 PM
Areas Of Professional Practice Credit(s):
  • 1.5
Total Credit(s):
  • 1.5
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • 0JE91
NYSBA Member Price: $50.00 Join (or renew) for special member pricing
Non-Member Price: $150.00
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Literary Works and Related Rights Committee