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The Law for Freelance

Thursday, 04.05.2018

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus

2530 Sever Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

This program is for freelance journalists and those considering a move into freelancing. There is very limited seating.



The Law for Freelance seminar is being conducted in partnership with the Atlanta Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Georgia.

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Peters, Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Georgia

Jonathan Peters is a media law professor at the University of Georgia, with posts in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Law. He is the Columbia Journalism Review’s press freedom correspondent, and he has written about the law for Esquire, The Atlantic, Wired, and PBS. Peters is the First Amendment chair of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, and he has conducted media law seminars for dozens of news organizations, most recently the radio show “This American Life” and the podcast “Serial.”


Thursday, April 5
1 p.m. — Check-In
1:15 p.m. — Session 1: The first session will cover the business aspects of freelancing, including the differences between employees and independent contractors, the terms of freelance work agreements, and the nature of media liability insurance.
2:00 p.m. — Networking Break
2:15 p.m. — Session 2: The second session will cover common problems related to intellectual property and user-generated content, including the basic elements of copyright and fair use, the scope of the public domain, and the legal immunities that can apply to user content.
3:00 p.m. — Closing Remarks


University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30043


The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP so we know how many to expect.