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Trademark & Fair Use Webinar – June 24th, 2015

When it comes to trademarks, what is nominative fair use? What is classic fair use? If you have ever wondered how the world of trademark law intersects with the arts, come join us at WLA’s inaugural webinar! We will sit down with Chad Smith, from Ironmark Law, and discuss trademark fair use and its impact on artists and the arts community. This is …

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Seeing all the Angles: Legal Issues in Visual Art Transactions – May 27th, 2015

In this workshop Alison Ivey, in-house counsel at Vulcan Inc., and Rachel Buker of Ironmark Law Group, PLLC, will explore legal issues that arise in various transactions involving visual art including sales, loans, commissions, and consignments. Moving beyond these core issues, our presenters will also examine legal updates, hot issues, and new trends in the art market. About Our Presenters …

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Save the Date for GiveBig

For almost 40 years, Washington Lawyers for the Arts has provided artists with legal services and education. These services are critical to building the business side of their art careers and we are the only legal service program dedicated to the legal issues uniquely impacting artists in Washington. In 2014, we doubled the number of artists we served from the …

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Public Art – Cancelled

  The workshop for Public Art was cancelled and will be rescheduled for the future. We apologize for any inconvenience.    What can an artist expect when presented with a public art contract? How might a contract with a foreign governmental entity, or for a temporary installation, differ from a domestic sale or permanent installation?  What provisions should the artist …

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Self Publishing – April 22nd, 2015

  Are you an artist, author, musician or playwright who is thinking about DIY publishing and distribution? Even if you already are familiar with copyright basics, there are numerous other legal concerns of relevance to the self-publishing artist or author – especially if you publish online. From conception to publication to marketing, attorney Mark Wittow will answer your questions involving …

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Sole Proprietorship to LLC Conversion

An artist makes her first sale or agrees to his first performance. This goes well, sales start to increase, and the business begins to take off. While the artist may have already filed a business license and set up a sole proprietorship, he or she may now want to start thinking about setting up a business as a separate entity. …

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Art Valuation – April 7th, 2015

Whether you are a lawyer assessing the value of your client’s artwork or an artist wondering how it is done, Dave Buck and Michelle Dunn Marsh will be speaking on the essentials for art valuation and addressing the multiple “values” that can be ascribed to an artwork, using photography as primary examples. Learn more about the terms of hard costs, retail value, …

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WLA Referral Service

Why do we need a referral program? We’re proud of our Arts Legal Clinic. It is a great resource, and is usually all the help an artist needs. But sometimes, a clinic appointment ends with the client deciding they can’t handle the issue pro se. Other times, clients contact us because they already know they need a lawyer, but need …

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Sole Proprietor to LLC Conversion by Madhu K. Singh — March 9, 2015

Are you a sole proprietor? Wondering if it’s the right option for you? Being a sole proprietor has probably served you well over the years and it seems easy enough to set up and manage, but you have heard people talk about converting to an LLC or other legal entity? Should you do it? What should you be thinking about? …

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Federal Tax Law for Artists – February 5, 2015

Depreciation, capital gains, deductions, W-2s, 1099s! Having trouble keeping track of it all? Neil Sussman’s popular tax workshop is back to guide artists and their attorneys through yet another season of gains, losses, formulas and forms. Learn all the basics you need, plus special tips and what’s new for your 2014 tax return. Designed specifically to address the arts and …

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