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Calendar of Upcoming WLA Workshops

Below is a list of upcoming workshops sponsored by Washington Lawyers for the Arts. Final dates and information about each will be forthcoming — stay tuned!   This post represents the views of the author identified above and does not necessarily reflect the views of Washington Lawyers for the Arts (“WLA”). WLA provides this content as a public resource of …

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Making Use of WLA’s Services – a chat with J-Knee January

  J-Knee January had a few questions. After taking a break from making music to raise a family, she returned to a vastly different industry. Eager to get her work out in the world, she came to Washington Lawyers for the Arts for help working with labels, studios, other musicians, and protecting her original work. “Copyright, trademark, licensing – these …

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Surveillance Art & Law: Conversnitch, an eavesdropping, livetweeting lamp

Gathering information through technology is playing an increasingly significant role in national security, law enforcement, domestic relations, and industrial espionage. Information is passed along routinely by millions of people daily through Internet hookups, wi-fi, smartphones and other electronic devices. Some are using cutting edge technological device to achieve a strategic edge to gain whatever they want. In doing so, more …

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Summertime at WLA – a note from Allison

Hey, Folks! It’s summer, days are long, and there’s a lot of good times calling out to us. As I write this, I’m between unpacking from a conference in Philadelphia and packing for my annual road trip to Montana. I’ve read a couple great books written by friends, and found new tunes that make my ears smile. In between it …

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Posse – Aan – Peeping Tomboys – July 5, 2014

3-day weekend? Fireworks? Amazing music? TELL ME WHERE! Saturday, July 5, is a spectacular line-up at The Sunset Tavern, supporting Washington Lawyers for the Arts! Posse, Aan, and Peeping Tomboys are playing this benefit show, hosted by KEXP’s Audioasis Community Partnership Initiative. Tickets are just $7 advance / $8 at the door. Come hear great bands, renew your WLA membership, …

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How to Get Paid – August 13, 2014

You’ve worked hard to get the project and do the work—but how do you make sure you actually get paid for your time and effort? Join us for a brown bag lunch presentation that offers valuable legal strategies to secure payment for your artwork or artistic services and explain the legal remedies available when you don’t get paid what you’re …

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Musician’s Legal Mixtape II

This is Part 2 of my discussion of Joleen Hughes and Mackenzie McAninch’s presentation on the legal aspects of the music business. Be sure to read Part 1. Your Band as a Business Entity In Washington, a band that plays for money is, by default, classified as a general partnership.  General partnerships are a liability nightmare. That is because, for …

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Musician’s Legal Mixtape Part I

Contract. It might as well be a four-letter word. It is a word that makes many cringe. It carries with it connotations of restrictions, requirements, and lawyers in sharp suits. It is probably the last thing that most artists want to deal with. However, entertainment lawyer Joleen Hughes  and talent manager Mackenzie McAninch believe contracts should be one of the …

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WLA Supports Student Quisney Project

Washington Lawyers for the Arts primary purpose is to help artists navigate the legal difficulties that accompany creating and sharing art. We support students and all artists in the creation of art that pushes boundaries while respecting the rights of others. Fair use, an area of law where free speech meets copyright, often presents challenging issues and competing interests. WLA …

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Copyright v. Academic Freedom @ Evergreen State College

Students at Evergreen State College have been ordered to shut down public performances of the student written musical parody “The Quisney Project presents: O.U.T.: Once Upon a Time” based on copyright concerns. The first performance was scheduled for June, 5th.  The threat of this action prompted faculty to write the following letter which explains the issues : Academic Freedom Threatened …

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