Copyright basics for artists

Learn how intellectual property law protects your creative works, with a focus on copyright law

Tuesday March 26
Classroom 3
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


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As an artist, it is essential for you to understand your rights in your creations, and what to do if you believe those rights have been violated. Whether or not art is your livelihood, you should take the steps necessary to protect your ownership rights in your work. We will discuss the basics of copyright law, what it does and does not cover, and steps you can take to help prevent copyright infringement of your work. 

Key learning outcomes:

1. Understand the basic legal definition of "copyright," and what types of creations it covers

2. Learn the elements of copyright infringement and how to prevent it

3. Learn how to approach issues in copyright ownership

About the instructor:

Laura Levin-Dando is the Staff Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where she advises artists on a range of issues including disputes, contracts, intellectual property matters, and corporate and not-for-profit formation and governance. Laura also teaches VLA’s educational programs relating to contracts and intellectual property. Laura received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and she graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University, where she studied history and music. She is also a member of the New York City Bar's Copyright and Literary Property Committee. As a lover of all things creative, Laura feels very fortunate to be able to help artists from all disciplines through her work at VLA.