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Publishing Contracts and Overview of Intellectual Property Issues in Publishing [5.0 hrs. California MCLE Credit Available]

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014
  • 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024


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Publishing Contracts and Overview of Intellectual 
Property Issues in Publishing 
[5.0 hrs. California MCLE credit available]
With Jonathan Kirsch, Esq. and Paul Levine, Esq.

Join CLA for an extended length program covering the intricacies of literary publishing contracts. The day will begin with a presentation by attorney Jonathan Kirsch, who will discuss the standard components of a publishing deal with a focus on real world examples from sample agreements. The presentation will also address recent changes in practices due to developments in law, technology, and publishing markets.

After a half hour break, attorney Paul Levine will provide an in depth look at four of the most common compensation arrangements for authors: advances, royalties, first and second serialization rights and best-seller bonuses. The presentation will cover the way these arrangements are typically structured as well as the pros and cons of each model.

This program will be presented at an advanced level and is geared towards attorneys, but all members of the community are welcome to attend.


Jonathan Kirsch, Esq. is a publishing and intellectual property 
attorney based in Los Angeles, an expert witness on publishing 
industry matters, an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of New York 
University’s Professional Publishing Institute, and a lecturer and 
consultant on publishing matters.

Kirsch’s books include Kirsch’s Handbook of Publishing Law and 
Kirsch’s Guide to the Book Contract, both of which are now in 
revision for a new and updated single-volume edition from Silman­ James Press.

Kirsch is also the book editor of The Jewish Journal, a longtime 
book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, and the author of 13 
books of history and biography, including the newly published The
Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi
Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris (W. W. Norton/Liveright).

Paul S. Levine,
 Esq. wears two hats: he is a lawyer and a literary
agent. Mr. Levine has practiced entertainment law for over 30 years,
specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors,
directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers,
galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theater
companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive
multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts,
publishing, and advertising. Since starting his literary agency, Mr. 
Levine has sold over 100 adult, young adult, and children’s fiction 
and nonfiction books to at least 50 different publishers and has had
many books developed as movies for ­television and feature films.

Fowler Museum at UCLA
UCLA Campus
308 Charles E. Young Drive North
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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These programs are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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