Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:30-8pm

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1 East 53rd Street (on the corner with 5th Ave)
NY, NY 10022

Note: There is CLE credit available for admitted attorneys: * 2.5 CLE Credits Available, 1 Professional Practice, 1 Skills and .5 Ethics (Transitional Only)
What is fair use? How much content can you appropriate? What’s the difference between commercial and non-commercial use? What are the current copyright issues in music and visual art? Can your work be protected on websites and blogs? What are cease and desist letters? If you own a painting or photograph, do you also own the copyright? What is copyright infringement? What are “allowable” uses of copyrighted material of others? How do parody and satire relate to fair use? If you’re an artist, use “found” images, text, music, audio files, video and film footage, this workshop is for you.

With the recent increase in copyright issues and lawsuits, visual and performing artists need to be aware of copyright laws and the legal issues that may affect their practice and the presentation of their art work. This class will focus on copyright law, with a primer on some of the more pressing legal concerns for artists today, such as digital media, the use of appropriated logos and images, fair use, as well as moral rights. This class will give an overview of a few cases that clearly illustrate the recent explosion of copyright lawsuits: Associated Press v. Shepard Fairey; Patrick Cariou v. Richard Prince; Gaylord v. United States. We will also discuss the legal issues related to blogs, websites, and website aggregators.

This class will be taught by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq., VLA’s Associate Director.

This VLA workshop is open to artists, arts administrators, and serves as an introduction to copyright law for admitted attorneys.

Fees for this class are as follows (an additional $10 Registration Fee if paying at the door):

Artist (VLA member): $15
Artist (non-member): $20
VLA Legal Professional Member: $130 (incl. materials)
Legal Professional Non-Member: $150 (incl. materials)
To register for this workshop, please call 212.319.2787 x1, or you may also complete this registration form and return with credit card information to VLA via fax to: 212.752.6575, or with check to:

Copyright class
One East 53rd Street, 6th fl.
NY, NY 10022

All registration fees are non-refundable.

For more information on this and other classes, please contact Joni Todd at [email protected], or at 212.319.2787 x10

Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of pro bono legal services, mediation services, educational programs and publications, and advocacy to the arts community in New York. The first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model for similar organizations around the world. For more information about Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, please see www.vlany.org.