Suzanne Derry will present the Legal Issues for Professional Editors pre-conference workshop, which focuses on contracts, copyright, insurance and payment among other important legal issues editors face in their professional practice.

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Suzanne Derry. Image supplied

Suzanne is a senior solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law), where she has worked for over a decade. Suzanne has worked for a number of community legal centres and a boutique entertainment law practice.

Arts Law is a not-for-profit community legal centre that offers free or low-cost, specialised legal advice, education and resources to artists and arts organisations across Australia.

What will participants gain from attending your workshop?

Participants of this workshop will leave more knowledgeable and confident about their legal rights and responsibilities as an editor.

They will also have access to a free legal advice clinic, giving them a chance to speak confidentially and one-on-one with me about their specific circumstance and legal questions.

What are the pressing issues relating to your workshop topic?

The literary and publishing industry presents a variety of legal and commercial challenges for editors. In the workshops we will cover issues such as copyright ownership, creative control, and developing and managing income stream as an editor.

What part of your course are you most excited about sharing with participants.

Helping to unravel the mysteries and myths around copyright and the creative and editorial process.

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy going for walks and listening to podcasts.

What are you currently reading?

I am halfway through The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

Edited 30 March to add: Suzanne Derry is no longer able to present this workshop. Her replacement will be Arts Law Senior Solicitor Trudie Sarks. Find out more about Trudie.