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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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Meet Our 2015 Board Officers

Washington Lawyers for the Arts is pleased to announce our new officers! Officers were unanimously elected at the November Board meeting, and begin their terms on January 1, 2015. The officers comprise the Board’s Executive Committee. Jeff Nelson will serve as Chair. An attorney with Graham & Dunn PC, Jeff joined the board in early 2014. He quickly stepped into …

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The Check is in the Mail

It’s a common tale. An artist agrees to perform or produce work. The artist fulfills her side of the bargain, but the party responsible for providing payment delays or refuses to pay altogether. The artist is then left in a difficult situation. On November 19th, Jeff Nelson and Claire Molesworth, attorneys with Graham & Dunn, conducted a workshop for artists …

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What You Can Expect at Trademark Year in Review at the Art Law Institute

Guest Post by Jordan Rood, Vice-Chair of Washington Lawyers for the Arts board and Art Law Institute planning committee chair. Can the Washington Redskins keep their trademark registration? When The Duke (John Wayne) dukes it out with Duke University, who wins? Can the taste of pizza be trademarked? Find out next Monday at the Art Law Institute! It goes without …

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Ten Questions with Mark Wittow, Intellectual Property Attorney

Mark Wittow is partner at K&L Gates, and presents Copyright Year in Review at this year’s Art Law Institute. He’s an active volunteer with our Arts Legal Clinic, advising artists and mentoring students in legal issues faced in art. I recently talked with him about his experience with Washington Lawyers for the Arts and what we can expect from his …

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