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WLA’s Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award to Mark Wittow

Mark H. Wittow to recieve WLA’s Annual Brio Award! Seattle, WA – Washington Lawyers for the Arts would like to announce Mark H. Wittow, from K&L Gates, as the award winner of 2015’s Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award for his volunteer services with WLA, as well as his dedication in helping artists with legal matters in intellectual property. Mark has …

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Art Law Institute – December 1, 2015

WLA’s Art Law Institute returns, our biggest and most popular education program. We invite both lawyers and artists the opportunity to participate in a full day legal education seminar involving training on topics of trademark, copyright and personality rights, ethics in representing artists and art institutes, and a panel discussion on film and law. Featuring talks and panel discussions by: …

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Member Appreciation Night – November 19th, 2015

 

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Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Artists – September 15th, 2015

We’re pleased to present the Intellectual Property Fundamentals workshop with attorney speakers Mike Meints, Jordan Rood and Lindsey Burt. Whether you’re an artist, or attorney serving clients in creative professions, you will leave this 90-minute workshop with a better understanding of how to protect creative work.   Key points will include: the law as it relates to your work the differences …

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Laying a Solid Foundation: Business Law Fundamentals for Artists- August 25th, 2015

  Whether you are thinking about starting your first business or are a seasoned, serial entrepreneur, a thorough understanding of how to setup and structure your business will maximize the potential of your venture. In Laying a Solid Foundation: Business Law Fundamentals for Artists, business attorneys Tolis Dimopoulos and Mike Meints will take you through a whirlwind seminar of legal issues …

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Trademark & Fair Use Webinar – June 24th, 2015

When it comes to trademarks, what is nominative fair use? What is classic fair use? If you have ever wondered how the world of trademark law intersects with the arts, come join us at WLA’s inaugural webinar! We will sit down with Chad Smith, from Ironmark Law, and discuss trademark fair use and its impact on artists and the arts community. This is …

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Seeing all the Angles: Legal Issues in Visual Art Transactions – May 27th, 2015

In this workshop Alison Ivey, in-house counsel at Vulcan Inc., and Rachel Buker of Ironmark Law Group, PLLC, will explore legal issues that arise in various transactions involving visual art including sales, loans, commissions, and consignments. Moving beyond these core issues, our presenters will also examine legal updates, hot issues, and new trends in the art market. About Our Presenters …

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Save the Date for GiveBig

For almost 40 years, Washington Lawyers for the Arts has provided artists with legal services and education. These services are critical to building the business side of their art careers and we are the only legal service program dedicated to the legal issues uniquely impacting artists in Washington. In 2014, we doubled the number of artists we served from the …

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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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