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Deirdre Merrill

Chronicle Books, LLC
Director of Contracts
San Francisco, CA, USA


Deirdre Merrill is the Director of Contracts at Chronicle Books LLC in San Francisco, California.  One of the most admired and respected independent publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books.  The company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value.

In her work at Chronicle Books over the last 17 years, Ms. Merrill’s primary focus has been drafting, negotiating, and maintaining copyright license agreements between the publishing house and authors, photographers, illustrators, and licensors, along with their respective agents and attorneys.  Her role includes negotiating and securing of digital rights for both backlist and front list titles published by Chronicle Books.  In addition she supervises the contracts and permissions department, helps to maintain the company’s trademark portfolio, advises the subsidiary rights licensing division and custom publishing departments, and supervises copyright registration for all titles published by Chronicle Books.

Education:

  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1999
  • B.A, Santa Clara University, 1995

Affiliations:

  • Member, California State Bar Association, 2000-present
  • Member, The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California
Deirdre Merrill is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters U.S. Copyright Office, Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices § 101 (3d Ed. 2017) - Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Overview of Basic Principles of Copyright Law and Copyright Office Practice - Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
United States Copyright Office—Registration Processing Time FAQs - Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
United States Copyright Office—Circular 30: Works Made for Hire - Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
United States Copyright Office—Circular 4: Copyright Office Fees - Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
United States Copyright Office—Circular 1: Copyright Basics - Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Basic Principles of Copyright Law - Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Basic Principles of Copyright Law - Basic Principles of Copyright Law, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Basic Principles of Copyright Law - Basic Principles of Copyright Law, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Basic Principles of Copyright Law - Basic Principles of Copyright Law, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018, Monday, July 16, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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