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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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Preserving a Legacy: Estate Planning for Artists | October 25, 2014

Are you uncertain about the proper management of your art and your estate beyond your lifetime? Do you know how to identify an appropriate person who can manage your artwork and related rights? Estate planning is a critical process that helps you and your loved ones protect your assets during your life and after your passing. Your creative property is …

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Fan Fiction: Sharing, Creating, and the Law, October 11-12, 2014 @ GeekGirlCon

GeekGirlCon selected Washington Lawyers for the Arts for their 2014 conference line-up! We’re really excited to be a part of this event. If you’re not familiar with GeekGirlCon, it’s a 2-day convention celebrating “the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community …

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IP Fundamentals with Jim Vana, September 30, 2014

We’re pleased to present the Intellectual Property Fundamentals workshop with speaker Jim Vana of Perkins Coie LLP. Jim is a long-time volunteer in our Arts Legal Clinic and a former WLA Board member. His WLA clients always remark how much clarity they received from talking with him, and he’s a highly-reviewed speaker at WLA workshops. Whether you’re an artist, or …

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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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