MJ Courchesne - Permissions 101

Guest: NAIWE’s Copyright & Permissions Expert MJ Courchesne

Learn the ins and outs of what publishers require when they ask you to "clear" permission for third-party materials you are incorporating into your work. What things do you need to have in a permission agreement, how do you go about getting permission anyway, and how long will this process take?

Here’s what you can expect to learn in this class:

  • When you need (or don’t need) permission
  • Permission overview process
  • How to work through the permissions process
  • Challenges in seeking permission
  • How fair use affects permissions

Mary Jo (“MJ”) Courchesne is the owner and principal consultant of Gryphon Publishing Consulting. A publishing veteran with more than 20 years of experience in trade, academic, and direct-response publishing, she has spent nearly two decades specializing in licensing, subsidiary rights, and permissions. MJ is a frequent and polished presenter on licensing and copyright. When it comes to intellectual property, she firmly believes that everyone from authors to publishers to corporations should know their rights. To that end, MJ instructed in the George Washington University’s Masters in Publishing program for 13 years, first for 11 years as adjunct professor for a course titled Editorial Content, Rights, and Permissions and subsequently as lecturer in a course on copyright. She currently serves on the Board of Experts for the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors and is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. MJ has also held memberships with other publishing organizations such as the American Society of Picture Professionals and Washington Publishers.

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