Lunch and Learn Series: Legally Fiction



Wednesday June 12, 2019 |12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Beus Center for Law and Society | Room 650 | Webcast Available | Lunch provided

Do you know whether or not your client can quote song lyrics in their manuscript? Are you wondering if you should trademark something from your high concept story?

Do you want to know how to protect your work and avoid infringing other people’s rights?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, this is the class for you.

This workshop was developed by an intellectual property attorney who is also a fiction author. Participants will learn the basics of copyrights, trademarks, and the laws of cyberspace. Topics will include:

** What is a copyright?
** What does copyright protect?
** Copyrightable subject matter
** Fair use
** Public domain
** Plagiarism
** Copyright and characters
** Song lyrics
** Digital copyright issues
** Special issues related to book trailers, website, etc.
** What is a trademark?
** How does one obtain a trademark registration?
** What does a trademark protect?
** Trademark and characters
** Trademark and titles/series/pen names
** Using trademarks in your writing
** First Amendment issues
** Slander and libel
** Basic publishing contract law

 Boxed lunch and water provided for event. Must register to get lunch.

 Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement  This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility.

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About Heather

Heather Sapp is an attorney and author who specializes in trademark and copyright law. This coming fall she will be teaching two courses at ASU Law — “Prosecuting Trademark Applications,” an advanced trademark practice course for JD students, and the online “Copyright Law” course in the Masters of Legal Studies program. She received her law degree from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, her LLM in Intellectual Property from George Washington University School of Law, and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French & European Studies from Duke University. Previously she was a Trademark Examining Attorney at the US Patent & Trademark Office, as well as a Legal Fellow for the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. Heather is also a multi-published author of young adult mystery novels under the pen name Amanda Brice, and a frequent speaker on the writer’s conference circuit, having presented “Legally Fiction” for Romance Writers of America, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the International Women’s Fiction Festival.


11:30 – 11:55 – Registration/Check in / Get Lunch

12:00 – 1:30 – Legally Fiction Presentation

1:30-2:00 – Q &A – Networking



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Event Details

Start date: June 12, 2019

End date: June 12, 2019

Start time: 12:00 p.m.

End time: 01:30 p.m.

Venue: BCLS