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Crowdfunding Resources for Nonprofits and Art-repreneurs

Entrepreneurs, artists, art-repreneurs, non-profits, and, well, everyone it seems, are jumping into the crowdfunding mix. We’re here to help! TechSoup has a forum “Which Crowdfunding Platform is best for your Nonprofit?” – a good starting point if your organization is thinking of using one of these sites. On September 19, WLA and Seattle University School of Law are co-presenting Funding …

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WLA Past Chair Bob Cumbow named to “Best Lawyer in America!”

Washington Lawyers for the Arts extends hearty congratulations to former board chair and long-time supporter Bob Cumbow on being named “Seattle Lawyer of the Year in the practice area of Information Technology Law.” We’re big fans of Bob’s work, as are the many clients he’s served through WLA, and are thrilled to see him recognized by his peers. Read more …

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Crowdfunding 101: Funding Your Passion | September 19, 2014

Enabling artists and creative entrepreneurs to fully explore their work via community support has been a recent and exciting development locally, nationally and internationally. This program comprised of Lawyers, Artists, Legislative Experts and Academics will explore in two substantive panel sessions the methodology, challenges and opportunities in community sourced capital. Whether you are considering using crowd funding for your own …

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Book Review: Just Kids by Patti Smith

I’d like to share with you some thoughts about Just Kids, and why I think you should read it. The book’s been on my reading list for a few years, so this isn’t timely, but it is a timeless book. When I was starting college years ago, my major was creative writing. If my father was in the room when …

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Seeing Red: The Color Run vs. Jackson, Part II

The first part of this two-part article detailed the beginnings of the image-use dispute between photographer Max Jackson and The Color Run. In the second part, I will explore the parties’ negotiations and legal positions prior to The Color Run’s filing suit against Jackson.  The key to much of this dispute lies in the parties’ failure to have a clear …

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Opportunity for Law Students: 2015 Goldmark Internship

Here at Washington Lawyers for the Arts, we are proud to work with bright and dedicated law students! So while this is a little off the path of art and law, I want to share this wonderful opportunity for law students. The Goldmark Equal Justice Internship is a paid internship for law students, and focuses on work within Washington’s civil …

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Book Copyright and Licensing in the News

Coming up in October, WLA is presenting a panel on copyright and fan fiction at Geek Girl Con. Planning for this session has put books on my mind! Here’s a few newsworthy items from this week showing the importance of licensing and advocacy for writers: Deadline reports Anne Rice has sold the rights to her Vampire Chronicles library. Good for …

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EFF Weighs in on Capitol v. Vimeo

Digital rights advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation says a pending appeal in the copyright case between Capitol Records and online video site Vimeo has the potential to undermine existing copyright law. From their announcement: “In this lawsuit, the record labels sued online video site Vimeo, alleging that dozens of sound recordings were infringed in videos posted on the site. A …

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3 Resources for Applying for 501(c)(3) status

A common question we receive at Washington Lawyers for the Arts is about applying for tax-exempt status under IRS 501(c)(3). While this is not currently an area of law included in our services, I want to share a few helpful resources here. The great folks at Tech Soup have a 3-part series “Important Considerations for Nonprofits When Applying for 501(c)(3) …

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Seeing Red: The Color Run vs. Jackson, Part I

In the beginning, all aspiring photographer Max Jackson wanted was exposure for his work. He gave permission to an organization to use his photos, and they eventually sued him for taking those same photos. How did this happen? The Color Run’s website explains that it is a “five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused …

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