Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights, and Licensing Issues in the Digital Era

Lloyd Jassin (The Law Offices of Lloyd J. Jassin), Bonnie Beacher (McGraw-Hill Education), Richard Nash (Cursor), Dana Newman (Dana Newman)
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A panel examining digital’s effects on rights and licensing issues from the perspectives of legacy publishers and startups.

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Lloyd Jassin

The Law Offices of Lloyd J. Jassin

Lloyd Jassin is an attorney who focuses on publishing, entertainment and IP law. In addition to analyzing, negotiating and drafting agreements, he consults for other attorneys on intellectual property and business issues. He has been widely quoted in the news media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly. He began working in publishing at St. Martin’s Press. Later, he joined Simon & Schuster, where he was Publicity Director of the Prentice Hall Reference Group. Before forming his firm, he was an IP associate with Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman. Prior, he worked in TV syndication and legal affairs at Viacom. A graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, he’s admitted in NY and NJ. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Beacon Press, America’s oldest independent press, and is counsel to the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). He is coauthor of The Copyright Permission & Libel Handbook.

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Bonnie Beacher

McGraw-Hill Education

Bonnie Beacher has been with McGraw-Hill Education since 1991 and is currently Senior Director of its Contracts, Copyrights and Permissions Department. Her career has been centered on intellectual property and rights licensing issues, including rights acquisition and licensing, publishing agreements, and copyright and trademark administration for all of McGraw-Hill’s book publishing divisions, including elementary, high school, college, assessment, professional and trade publishing. During her career at McGraw-Hill, Bonnie has set policy on rights acquisition and licensing for all content of McGraw-Hill Education’s publications, and has led in licensing negotiations for both print and photo rights. She is a regular speaker at conferences on intellectual property issues in book publishing.

Ms. Beacher serves as the Chairperson for the Association of American Publisher’s (AAP) Rights and Permissions Advisory Committee and is a member of the AAP’s Copyright Committee, where she has participated in setting industry policies on rights issues. She serves on the Board of Directors of Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS), where she participates in the work of PLUS to create standard licensing terminology and forms for image licensing. Bonnie is also a member of the AAP’s Critical Issues Task Force, a member of the Advisory Board of the Access Text Network, and serves on the Maryland Instructional Materials Access Guidelines Committee and the New York State Instructional Material Advisory Council.
Ms. Beacher has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Chicago.

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Richard Nash


Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur, presently launching Cursor, a start-up portfolio of social publishing imprints the first of which, Red, will launch in 2011. For most of the past decade, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. Books he edited and published landed on bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the Singapore Straits-Times; on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times; twice on the cover of the New York Times Book Review and the novelist with whom he is perhaps most closely associated, Lydia Millet, was selected as a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 2006, Publishers Weekly picked him as one of the ten editors to watch for in the coming decade. This year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing.

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Dana Newman

Dana Newman

Dana Newman is a transactional and intellectual property attorney, advising creators and
businesses on contracts, copyrights, trademarks, and licensing. She focuses her practice
on publishing, technology and start-ups, and also works as an independent literary
agent, representing authors of practical and narrative non-fiction. She has extensive in-
house legal experience with Moviola and its affiliates, providers of entertainment and
communications technologies. Having worked in the entertainment industry during
the transition from analog to digital platforms in film editing and audio recording, she’s
excited about the revolution happening in publishing and enthusiastically embraces new
technologies and business models for the creation and distribution of books. She holds a
B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of San
Francisco School of Law. She wrote “Copyright Grants: as Powerful as Kryptonite?”
published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and co-authored the chapter on Technology
and Intellectual Property Rights in the book Emerging Companies Guide: A Resource for
Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Second Edition (American Bar Association 2011).

  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Aptara
  • Bowker
  • Connotate
  • HP
  • Jouve North America
  • LibreDigital
  • Malloy
  • MarkLogic
  • Random House, Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Baker & Taylor
  • The BookMasters Group
  • Constellation
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Mashery
  • Silverchair
  • Wolfram
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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