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Helping authors get rights back through termination of transfers

Creators who enter into publishing agreements are often asked to sign away their copyrights before anyone knows their worth and in circumstances where they have little choice but to acquiesce. In the U.S., statutory termination of transfer provisions allow creators to regain copyrights they signed away decades ago. With rights back in hand, creators can get their works in front of new audiences by, for example, sharing their works using Creative Commons licenses or by negotiating new agreements with publishers. In this CopyTalk, Authors Alliance and Creative Commons will showcase their Termination of Transfer tool at rightsback.org and related resources that help authors understand and exercise termination of transfer rights.

Diane M. Peters is the General Counsel of Creative Commons, a global non-profit dedicated to supporting and changing the way people — scholars, artists, teachers, musicians and other creators — share around the world consistent with the rules of copyright. Diane directs the organization’s legal strategy, affairs and projects. She harnesses CC’s diverse and complex international network of members and leads development of CC’s licenses and legal tools. After clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, she worked in-house before joining leading non-profits inhouse, including OSDL, Mozilla, and Creative Commons.

Brianna L. Schofield is the Executive Director of Authors Alliance, a nonprofit organization representing the interests of authors who want to take advantage of the digital age to share their creations with readers, promote the ongoing progress of knowledge, and advance the public good. Schofield holds a JD from UC Berkeley, School of Law and a BSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Tune in on Thursday, September 6, 2019 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific for our hour-long free webinar. This program is brought to you by ALA’s Copyright, Legislation, Education and Advocacy Network (CLEAN).

The views expressed are those of the CopyTalk webinar presenters; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Library Association.

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Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Washington Office. Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books, and other public policy issues. She has an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MA in media arts from the University of Arizona.

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