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RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, intellectual property attorney Mitch Tuchman will teach the course "Copyright Infringement."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open, but pre-registration ends tonight at midnight.

Copyright ownership conveys exclusive rights on authors. These include rights to reproduce literary and other works in copies (hence the term “copy right”), to distribute and display those copies, to perform the protected works and to create derivative works. Authors may exercise these rights or license others to do so. Exercise of any of these rights without the author’s consent constitutes infringement in most cases. This session examines best—and worst—practices in the attempted enforcement of copyrights against infringers.

We asked Mitch, “What is one piece of advice you'd give to your younger, writer self?”

"Consider the letter you write pitching your work to a publisher the most important piece of writing you will ever do. Word it carefully, check it for errors and proofread it over and over and over again.

Mitch Tuchman is an intellectual property attorney in the RTP office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP. Before he became an attorney, Mitch spent fourteen years as the head of the publications department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has also been a freelance writer for more than four decades. Consequently a significant focus of his legal practice is in the realm of copyright matters. Mitch understands copyright issues from the author’s perspective because he has been both a writer and publisher himself. Mitch writes and speaks frequently on copyright law, most recently about the nine unsuccessful plaintiffs who sued James Cameron, claiming his motion picture Avatar infringed their works.

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The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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