Past Events
Thursday 25 February 2016

Publishing Business 101: Navigating contracts and "legalese" with confidence


Date and time:

Thursday 25 February 2016, online at 11:00AM - 12:30PM EST (New York) / 4:00PM - 5:30PM GMT (London)*
*Please note: if you are unable to join the webinar on this date and time, you may register and receive a recording for viewing at a time to suit you. 


This webinar is part of ALPSP's '101' series that is focused on early career professionals. The aim of the session will be to help you to understand legal language in a variety of contexts - licenses, vendor agreements, copyright - and prepare you to navigate contracts with confidence. Our experienced speakers have been selected to bring you both a legal and business perspective, and will discuss how publishing professionals must balance these imperatives. Among the topics to be addressed will be how to decode basic "legalese" and contract language, and tips on identifying what is and is not negotiable in a typical contract.



Anji Clarke, Copyright and publishing contracts consultant Anji Clark photo

Anji Clark is a freelance publishing contracts and copyright trainer and consultant who wants to demystify some of the things that people can find daunting. Here career to date spans a few publishing sectors: academic and trade publishing; literary agenting; editorial and sales contracts; rights and collective licensing. More recently she has been consulting for the Copyright Hub, involved in licensing online photographs. With over fifteen years' experience in publishing Anji has an academic background in literature, French and law. As SAGE Publications' Senior Contracts and Copyright Manager she was involved in publishing academic journals, books and related digital products. As well as overseeing all things 'contract' she was responsible for practical commercial application of publishing law (including permissions issues) and publication ethics. Before that she was on the trade side working as a contracts manager and associate literary agent. Anji gives guest lectures for a number of publishing/creative writing MAs and has contributed to the industry contracts 'Bible' Clark's Publishing Agreements, edited by Lynette Owen. She holds monthly free copyright and contract drop-in sessions at her husband's pub in London

John Shaw, Vice President of Publishing Technologies, SAGE PublicationsJohn Shaw photo

John Shaw is Vice President of Publishing Technologies at SAGE Publications, a leading independent, academic and professional publisher of innovative, high-quality content. Mr. Shaw is a 20-year veteran of both SAGE Publications and the publishing industry. During his tenure, Mr. Shaw has held management roles in Journals Production, Composition, and Abstracting and Indexing. Mr. Shaw is currently responsible for SAGE's Global Electronic Publishing Technology program, including electronic peer review, content hosting platforms, semantic indexing & content enrichment, content encoding strategies, web technologies, online accessibility, electronic content delivery, and content management strategies. Mr. Shaw has a proven track record in recruiting& managing high performance global teams, including both internal staff and external development partners. Mr. Shaw is actively involved with the publishing industry, holding board member positions with The Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and CrossRef and serving as an Advisory Board Member for Aptara Corp. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including SSP, STM, PSP, HighWire Press, and The Digital Publishing Summit.

Who should attend:

While aimed at early career professionals, this session is also a valuable refresher for anyone who deals with legal agreements, licensing, and issues of copyright. This webinar may be particularly useful for individuals in sales or business development, and those responsible for negotiating vendor, publisher, or sales agreements.

Booking and registration fees:

$60.00 per person - ALPSP Members
$90.00 per person - ALPSP Non-Members

More information:

Please contact: Isabel Czech - (+1 215 627 0985)

Upcoming Dates for this event

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