Attorney Glenn Dickinson will present “The Writer’s Copyright: Protecting Works of Authorship in the Digital Age,” and chiropractor Jon Scott will discuss “How Writers Can Maintain a Healthy Spine” at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club at Borders in Thousand Oaks.
With the multitude of digital devices and rapid distribution of information today via the Internet, many writers are concerned about the protection of their written work and have many misconceptions about what is or isn’t covered by copyright.
“Authors and editors need to understand the basics of copyright law to know how to protect their own works, to avoid infringing on others’ works. Protecting your own works is the key to promoting and selling them,” said Dickinson, a partner with Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP in Oxnard and chairman of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.
A resident of Ventura, Dickinson practices in the areas of trademark, copyright, Internet law and competitive business disputes.
His talk, geared toward authors and editors, will address how copyright is created, what copyright covers, how to protect your copyright, common forms of infringement — “so you can avoid them yourself, and combat them in others” — and remedies for copyright infringement. A Q-and-A period is part of the presentation.
“The Internet has fundamentally changed the way we write and publish,” Dickinson said. “It allows people to quickly disseminate their works to a wide audience, but this also puts the works in the hands of potential infringers. So we need to make sure the proper legal protections are in place before we send our stories and articles out to the world. I hope everyone will come away with a solid understanding of what copyright is - and is not - and how you can protect your written works from infringement.”
Writers have more opportunities to see their works published than ever before, and with these expanded opportunities come new perils, said Lee Wade, president of the Ventura County Writers Club.
“Writers need to identify what will protect their intellectual property and what won’t. What’s changed? What hasn’t? Are compromises necessary, and if so, which ones are appropriate for the author and the work in question?” Wade said.
Scott, who is Wade’s personal chiropractor, “can teach us about body architecture and how other body systems are affected by our postural habits,” Wade said. “Sit up straight’ is good advice, but there’s a lot more to good spinal and overall body health. Dr. Scott will bring us some tips for those of us who make our living sitting down on the job. Or just sit.”
Scott is certified in clinical biomechanics of posture and uses spinal X-rays with this discipline to deliver optimal results to his clients, Wade said, adding, “I know. I’m one of them.”