Event Details

Copyrights and Wrongs in the Digital Age

Boulder Editors and the Boulder Writers Alliance invite you to a free panel discussion on how to protect your intellectual property and respect that of others in this age of online publications and social media. Our four panelists will present in their specialty and then answer questions.

1) Fair Use and Best Practices for Third-Party Permissions by Jon Tandler

Jon will discuss digital and print rights from the legal perspective. He will cover fair use and the basics you need to know for protecting and respecting words, images, and music.

Jon Tandler is a member of Sherman & Howard LLC, Denver, and practices intellectual property, publishing, information technology, and business law. Jon helps clients develop, acquire, maintain, protect, and monetize intellectual property and information technology assets, representing both for-profit businesses and tax-exempt enterprises.

2) Can I Use that Picture? How to Find and Use Images (without Violating Copyright Law) by Betty Taylor

Betty will discuss permissions and protection issues for images, video, and other media. Her talk will address:

  • Who is responsible for clearing the copyright on any materials supplied for a project.
  • How you can be sure an image you pull from the internet is available to use.
  • How to trace the owner of an image you find online to request permission to use it.

Betty Taylor, a detail-obsessed graphic designer, has been putting together pictures and words to communicate messages for more than 20 years. Under her company, Ladder Creative LLC, she works on everything from food packaging to long-document layout, as well as website design and development, and just about everything else related to graphic design.

3) What Should You Know about Your Rights If You Go with a Traditional Publisher? by Darrin Pratt

Despite the ease of self-publishing, many still long for the recognition that only comes with being published through an established house or “Big Five” publisher. What permissions should authors acquire before contacting an agent or publisher? What rights do authors hold onto if they partner with a traditional publisher and what rights do they give away?

Darrin Pratt has been the Director of the University Press of Colorado since 2000 and just finished a one-year term as President of the Association of University Presses. During his tenure at Colorado, he has reshaped the editorial program and improved its profile, strengthened the balance sheet substantially, and merged University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press to create greater scale for both imprints and an innovative blueprint for university press collaboration.

4) When You Think Your Script Is Safe from Thievery, Think Again! by Lys Anzia

Lys will share what happened with a stage play script she wrote that was stolen and used without permission or her knowledge by a film that was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in 2016. Her story and how it happens to many other script writers is fascinating.

Lys Anzia is founder and creative director of TRACE Arts Center in Longmont, as well as a human rights journalist, playwright, and poet. Her award-winning news stories have been published through Jane Fonda’s Women’s Media Center, the World Health Organization, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Huffington Post World page, UNESCO, and the Guardian News, among many other outlets. Lys’s reporting has impacted policy in the halls of US and foreign governments and the United Nations.

Join Us for the Program!

Saturday, October 13, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Boulder Public Library
Main Branch, Boulder Creek Room

1001 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302
(Library parking is free on the weekend.)

Seating is limited.
To secure your seat, register online at

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Boulder Writers Alliance

Boulder Writers Alliance (BWA) is a nonprofit organization of communications professionals in Boulder and throughout Colorado. Members specialize in all facets of writing and communications, including technical and marketing writing, fiction and journalism, editing, graphic arts, multimedia, and websites. BWA provides education, networking, and marketing opportunities for members and connects writers with employers through the BWA site: BWA.org

About Boulder Editors

Boulder Editors is an association of experienced Colorado-based editorial professionals with diverse skills and specialties. Members’ expertise spans numerous subject areas—health, medicine, technology, law, engineering, education, spiritual traditions, and many others, including the publishing and self-publishing industries. For more information, see BoulderEditors.org


Boulder Writers Alliance
P.O. Box 18342
Boulder, CO 80308-1342

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  • When: Sat Oct. 13
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Address: 1001 Arapahoe Avenue
    Boulder CO,US 80302

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