From April 22-26, the Copyright Alliance is celebrating World IP Week by co-sponsoring events with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) organizations across the country. This year’s theme is Reach for Gold: IP and Sports. While some events will discuss how copyright plays a role in sports, the goal of this initiative is to provide more accessible copyright programming to creators across the country. Take a look at the events below to discover if there is an event happening in a city near you!
Attorney Michael Kahn, Capes Sokol, will debunk widespread misperceptions about copyright, such as: registration is required to get copyright protection; if it’s on the internet, its free; background music on YouTube videos is a fair use and more. Presented in collaboration with the Copyright Alliance and celebrating World IP Week. Location: The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Avenue St. Louis, MO.
Join local entertainment attorneys Max Hass and Bri Whetstone, and guest speaker Reid Martin of Mid Citizen Entertainment as they delve into how to monetize your music. Location: Gulf Coast Bank 3200 Magazine St New Orleans, LA
Topics to be covered include:
Releasing Your Music as an Independent Artist: planning the timing of the release, developing a publicity and marketing campaign, drafting a press release, using your live performance schedule (and touring) to promote your music.
Pitching Your Music to Record Labels & Publishers: what labels look for (including note about waiting to release music until pitching labels), what publishers look for.
Monetizing Your Music, After It’s Released, as an Independent Artist: reaching out to music supervisors, ad agencies, and production music libraries; what to do when someone wants to license your music.
Join Georgia Lawyers for the Arts for a discussion of the intellectual property rights of athletes and sports teams and who has the right to exploit that IP. We will also discuss when and how the First Amendment intersects with copyright law, as well discuss IP licensing with special emphasis on professional versus amateur athletes. Wear your favorite team’s gear! Location: Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Suite J-101, Atlanta, GA 30318
Attorney Joe Bellanca will speak about basic copyright principles important to all musicians and songwriters, and John Willems will share tactics for avoiding common pitfalls of working together that catch bands and musical collaborators by surprise.
Songwriters, musicians, and fans will enjoy this informative program and have an opportunity to learn more about Lawyers for the Creative Economy. The event is free to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP. Location: La Luna Recording & Sound, 1501 Fulford Street Kalamazoo, MI 49001.
It’s important that artists know what they own and how federal copyright protections can add value to creativity. Learn what rights you possess as a copyright owner and how to protect those rights.
Two presentations will be offered simultaneously. One presentation will focus on copyrights specifically for musicians and one will focus on all other artistic disciplines (multidisciplinary). Following the presentations, participants will have a chance to ask individual questions during a roundtable mixer with the experts. Location: Emo’s Austin, 2015 East Riverside Drive Austin, TX 78741.
Do you find yourself asking a lot of questions about copyright as it relates to your art?
“Is registration is required to get copyright protection?”
“If it’s on the internet, it’s free right?”
“Using background music on YouTube videos is fair use – I don’t need to get any clearances for it.”
Join us on April 25 as we answer these questions and more during our interactive workshop, “Copyright Mythbusters.” We’ll poll the audience on common copyright misconceptions and get answers from our panel of experts! This workshop is provided free of charge as part of our World IP Day celebration in collaboration with The Copyright Alliance. Come have some fun with the Arts & Business Council and get your copyright questions answered! Location: Belmont University – Randall and Sadie Baskin Center 1901 15th Avenue South Appellate Courtroom Nashville, TN.
During the Louisiana International Music Exchange, the Ella Project will be offering one on one pro bono legal appointments from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and registering copyrights. In addition, they will be hosting a workshop on the Music Modernization Act at 3:00 that day. Location: Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St in Lafayette, LA.
Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University, Washington College of Law, join forces to present Frame the Lawyers 2019, a juried exhibition of artwork created by 18 Washington area attorneys and law students. Location: Yuma Building, American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001.