At the beginning of February 2010, just before the Olympics rolled into town and before the independent literary showcase W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series took root in the local imagination, I was invited to speak on Copyright in the Digital Age to the Masters of Publishing class at SFU.
In preparation for that talk at SFU I spoke to an expert in the field of book publishing, copyright, international rights contracts by the name of Jesse Finkelstein.
Jesse is the Digital Assets and Foreign Rights Director at Douglas & McIntyre, Greystone Books and New Society Publishers. She leads the company’s digital publishing initiatives and the development of international rights sales for all three imprints.
Jesse was formerly an Associate Publisher at Raincoast Books as well as the Everything-That-Needs-Doing Person at Vehicule Press in Montreal. She is a graduate of McGill University as well as Simon Fraser’s Masters of Publishing program.
Over the past year I have had the pleasure of getting to know Jesse. We have had a few great, passionate conversations about rights, the digital wave and the adaptability of traditional publishing business models to fit new demands.
It was a real honour to have Jesse on the show and I think that you’ll agree that it’s a fascinating conversation.
And, even at 30 minutes, it’s way too short.
Please comment below with any thoughts, ideas or questions that you have about these issues or our conversation.