Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright lawyer David Koehser will discuss what every editor should know about copyright law, including:

  • What is a copyright and how do you get one?
  • What is (or is not) protected under copyright?
  • Who owns a copyright and how do you transfer a copyright?
  • How long does a copyright last?
  • What is fair use?
  • Are there other rights in addition to copyright that an editor should be aware of?
  • What terms should be included in an editorial services contract?
  • What about AI?

This meeting will be held as a Zoom webinar with automatic captioning available.

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October 17, 2023


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Online Event


  • David Koehser
    David Koehser

    David Koehser has been practicing copyright and publishing law and working with publishers and writers for over thirty-five years. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota Law School. He is a past member of the board of the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable and has also served as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Art & Entertainment Law Section and the Hennepin County Bar Association Business Law Section.