Event Information

Copyright Essentials for Publishing Professionals

March 18, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Open Book (Target Performance Hall), 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: $20
Non-member price: $25

Event Description

Copyright was born in the wake of the technological and information revolution heralded by the introduction of the printing press in Europe. It has defined relationships between creators, publishers, and society. In the digital age, where copyrighted works are instantaneously accessible in multiple countries and individuals are capable of piracy, understanding the contours of U.S. and foreign copyright law is essential. This presentation explores and contrasts key areas of U.S., international, and foreign copyright law including authorship and ownership, duration of copyright protection, permissions, work-for-hire, the scope of fair use, and copyright formalities.

Guest Speaker
Susan Marsnik is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethics and Business Law, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas. Her research focuses on comparative and international intellectual property and data privacy law. She has been published in law and business journals, books, and encyclopedias and works for professional and legal education programs.

In addition to teaching legal issues in a business environment in the United States, she has taught comparative intellectual property law in specialized graduate programs in European universities and as a Fulbright Specialist at Beni Suef University in Egypt. She has held numerous international visiting professor appointments and regularly presents her work at academic conferences. She has been invited to share her work on comparative copyright with the U.K. Society of Legal Scholars and to the World Arbitration Forum on Intellectual Property in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Susan Marsnik spent the first decade of her professional life in the book publishing industry and was a member of the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable in the late 1980s when she served as Marketing Director at the University of Minnesota Press.

Where & When
Open Book (Target Performance Hall)
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Wednesday, March 18; 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:
  • Meters along 10th and 11th; most cost $1.00/hour
  • Guthrie ramp. Enter on 9th Avenue (between Washington and 2nd Street South).
  • Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum (this is a longer walk because it is a block farther away and the entrance is on 2nd Street South).

Registation Information
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The program starts at approximately 12:00 p.m. Fees, which include lunch, are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations required. If space allows walk-ins, those without reservations will be charged $30 at the door. If you reserve a place, a lunch will be ordered for you and you'll be expected to pay for it whether or not you attend.


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