Elles: SAM

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On January 10, 2013, WLA organized a special tour for the renowned Elles exhibit at SAM, where we received a special welcome from Kimerly Rorschach, new Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director of the Seattle Art Museum.   This post represents the views of the author identified above and does not necessarily reflect the views of Washington […]

Copyright and the Law of Photography

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What are your legal rights and responsibilities as a photographer? Do you have questions about your contracts or about the copyright on your work? In the modern era of intellectual property law, with digital technology and complex contracts, knowing your legal rights is as important as making amazing photos. In this presentation, Jen Hurley (read […]

How much does it cost for a copyright attorney?

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Hiring an attorney to help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office can cost in the ballpark of $250 to $350 for the whole process. If you register a copyright yourself, you can save a significant amount of money. For more intricate copyright issues, a lawyer will charge an hourly fee that depends […]

What is Copyright?

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According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.” Whew. That’s a mouthful! Let’s try to break this definition down. The types of original […]

What is Trademark?

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The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office defines a trademark as “a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.” So what does that mean for you? Well, if you want to promote your death-metal band with an awesome symbol that is so […]

How do I get a copyright?

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If your work is in a tangible form (e.g., recorded, taped, written down, or typed), it already has copyright protection, although certain exceptions apply (see the U.S. Copyright Office’s Copyright Basics, pp. 2-3 for details). It is not necessary to publish your work to gain copyright protection. Although you have copyright protection as soon as […]

What is Intellectual Property?

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines intellectual property as “creations of the mind,” a broad definition that includes the following: literary, artistic and scientific works; performances of performing artists, phonograms, and broadcasts; inventions in all fields of human endeavor; scientific discoveries; industrial designs; trademarks, service marks, and commercial names and designations; protection against unfair […]

Art Law Institute

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Art Law Institute was a huge success, the first all-day workshop sponsored by WLA.   Workshops and Presenters included: Intro to Social Media Law, Brian Rowe of Northwest Justice Project and Adjunt Professor at Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington Information School Advanced Film Contracts, Matt Hooper of Foster Pepper PLLC […]

Employment Issues for Filmmakers by Janelle Milodragovich and Matt Hooper

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Seattle attorneys Matt Hooper and Janelle Milodragovich provided an industry-specific examination of employment laws every filmmaker needs to know. The March 2011 presentation, part of Washington Lawyers for the Arts legal workshops program, examined cutting-edge employment issues affecting filmmakers, including employment laws, labor negotiations and specific CBA provisions from SAG, DGA and WGA. In addition, […]

Art Law for Jewelers and Craftspeople by Mark Walters

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This presentation, given in December 2010 as part of the WLA legal workshop series, focused on the various forms of intellectual property law available to jewelers and craftspeople interested in protecting the novel shape or three-dimensional design of a product. It focused on three main areas of intellectual property protection for shapes:1) copyright, 2) design […]