Cengage Learning Copyright Counsel in Boston, Massachusetts


As a member of the Cengage Legal Department, the Media Counsel provides legal support to the product development, brand management, and content management teams at Cengage.

This position provides legal support and guidance relating to intellectual property issues in the context of content acquisition, license interpretation, and risk assessments. This position serves as legal representative to internal cross-functional working groups, committees, and task forces where advice on intellectual property rights issues is required. The Media Counsel stays abreast of, and communicates notable development in, current laws, regulations, and judicial decisions relating to intellectual property as they may affect the publishing industry.

Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals.

As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion.

Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and point of view to the table every day. We are curious and comfortable with change and are willing to take risks to transform education. Most importantly, with everything we do, we put learning first.

What You'll Do Here:

  • Draft and negotiate publishing, content acquisition, licensing, consulting, marketing, development, and services agreements.

  • Advise on a broad range of complex copyright and trademark-related strategic business and legal matters

  • Develop and maintain a corporate IP portfolio database

  • Develop and maintain content-related contract templates and pertinent alternative clauses libraries

  • Advise business units on selecting brands and supervising trademark research and registration process

  • Advise on legal issues related to the curation, creation, acquisition, and use of multiple content types (text, photographs, video, audio, etc.) from different sources (authors, developers, technology providers, licensing houses, etc.)

  • Advise on application of copyright fair use, rights of publicity and privacy, and trademark fair use issues in the context of eLearning technology

  • Provide pre-litigation risk analysis and support for contract and intellectual property related disputes

  • Perform other duties as assigned to meet department and company goals

Skills You Will Need Here:

  • JD with a minimum of 3 years practice experience

  • Minimum of two years at a law firm or in house advising on a broad range of complex media matters

  • Excellent negotiation and drafting skills

  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills

  • Ability to positively influence behavior of multiple stakeholders

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, to identify and resolve legal issues, desire and ability to quickly learn about Cengage‚Äôs products and services, and its internal processes

  • Ability to work well as a team member and build rapport and trust with both internal and external clients

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment

  • Possess highly-developed organizational skills and be articulate, detail-oriented and hard-working

  • Experience in the media and/or technology industries preferred

  • Experience in IP litigation preferred


Requisition ID 2018-5188

Job Function Legal

Cengage is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or protected veteran status.