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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

Planning is underway for our annual Art Law Institute! This all-day seminar focuses on bringing updates and legal information to arts and entertainment lawyers, and provides 6+ CLE credits for just $249! That includes lunch, thanks to our event sponsor Perkins Coie LLP. Past attendees give this event excellent marks for quality and content: Great overview of year-end updates in …

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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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New Intern Introduction

Hello Seattle. Today is such a beautiful day to make some new friends and introduce myself, the new legal intern for the Washington Lawyers for the Arts (“WLA”), to the members and the blog followers of the “WLA.” My name is Yu Wang. I am from Vancouver, Canada. I graduated from the University of Victoria major in Political Science and …

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October 2014 Workshops with Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council

The Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council is reprising two of our most popular workshops this fall! If you missed out earlier this year, here’s another chance to catch: Business Fundamentals for Artists with Tolis Dimopoulos, Tuesday, October 14 Washington State Taxes with Valerie Moseley, CPA, Tuesday, October 28 Please visit the Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council …

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