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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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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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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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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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Thanks to Our Members & Supporters

Sure, the numbers are impressive – in 2014, Washington Lawyers for the Arts: helped twice as many people than the year before more than doubled our membership increased financial support from individuals by 70% so far We’ve helped more people like J-Knee January negotiate rights for their music. And people like photographer Dan Driscoll, who we helped tackle legal paperwork …

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Fund and Done: Avoiding the IP Legal Risks of Crowdfunding Campaigns

Co-authored by Lucas S. Michels, Attorney at Ironmark Law Group, PLLC and founder and author of The IP Exporter blog, and Mackenzie Stout, recent law school graduate and new member to the Washington State Bar. A few weeks ago, Crowdfund Insider reported that San Francisco based start-up GeneHub (now Catlin Genomics) launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $125,000 in order …

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Jim Vana to Receive 2014 Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award

We’re thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2014 Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award is Jim Vana, a partner in the Seattle law firm Perkins Coie LLP. The award will be presented at Washington Lawyers for the Arts annual Member Appreciation Reception on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 5-7 pm, at Graham & Dunn PC in Seattle. The Brio Award celebrates …

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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.

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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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