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Thanks to Our Members & Supporters

Sure, the numbers are impressive – in 2014, Washington Lawyers for the Arts: helped twice as many people than the year before more than doubled our membership increased financial support from individuals by 70% so far We’ve helped more people like J-Knee January negotiate rights for their music. And people like photographer Dan Driscoll, who we helped tackle legal paperwork …

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Preserving a Legacy: Estate Planning for Artists

What will happen to your artwork when you pass away? Who will take care of the works you created and collected during your lifetime? Would you like your family to keep your artwork, or donate it to a museum, or sell the works to interested buyers? While every responsible person should have an estate plan to distribute their belongings upon …

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Fund and Done: Avoiding the IP Legal Risks of Crowdfunding Campaigns

Co-authored by Lucas S. Michels, Attorney at Ironmark Law Group, PLLC and founder and author of The IP Exporter blog, and Mackenzie Stout, recent law school graduate and new member to the Washington State Bar. A few weeks ago, Crowdfund Insider reported that San Francisco based start-up GeneHub (now Catlin Genomics) launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $125,000 in order …

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Jim Vana to Receive 2014 Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award

We’re thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2014 Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award is Jim Vana, a partner in the Seattle law firm Perkins Coie LLP. The award will be presented at Washington Lawyers for the Arts annual Member Appreciation Reception on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 5-7 pm, at Graham & Dunn PC in Seattle. The Brio Award celebrates …

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Panel Roundup: Fanfiction and the Law at Geek Girl Con ’14

This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a panel at Geek Girl Con on “Fanfiction: Sharing, Creating, and the Law,” put on by the Washington Lawyers for the Arts. It was a great experience! It was fun to work with the knowledgeable and friendly panelists, and I got answers to questions I’ve had for a long time. I’ve …

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Fan Fiction Resources

Our presentation on fan fiction at GeekGirlCon was a great workshop! Thanks to all the fantastic folks in the audience, we had lively question and answer session. We’re sharing our slides and a list of resources. Presentation slides Fan Fiction: Sharing, Creating, and the Law. GeekGirlCon panel from Washington Lawyers for the Arts Resources The following resources are helpful to …

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Why Your Weekend Needs Slip/Shot at Seattle Public Theatre

We’re seeing headlines nearly every day of white police officers shooting unarmed black teenagers. Communities like Ferguson, Missouri, and Sanford, Florida are fighting the same fight as the community depicted in Seattle Public Theater’s production of Slip/Shot. The play is set in early 1960s, but it could be today: a white police officer, Clem, shoots and kills an unarmed black …

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Art Law Institute | December 15, 2014

Lawyers representing artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs need specialized legal education to stay sharp. Washington Lawyers for the Arts is here to help with our third annual Art Law Institute on December 15, 2014, at the Seattle office of Perkins Coie. Register now! Our full-day legal education seminar provides training on how the year’s cases impact your trademark and copyright …

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WLA Helps Photographers Serve Families in Transition

Photographer and instructor Dan Driscoll was ready to work on his new project. He just needed to convince his students, his college, a non-profit agency, a women’s shelter and their clients that is was a good idea. So he came to Washington Lawyers for the Arts’ Arts Legal Clinic. Dan volunteers as a photographer with Birthday Dreams, a charity providing birthday …

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Street Artists Suing over Copyright Infringements

In our social media streams, we see a lot of examples of artists claiming their work was stolen by large corporations, without permission, acknowledgment, or credit. The folks over at Brooklyn Street Art have a great piece outlining just three recent cases in which graffiti artists are suing for copyright infringement over pieces allegedly used in album covers, fashion design, …

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