Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Copyrights, contracts and intellectual property
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts,
with Adam Holofcener, Esq
Wednesday, September 25, Noon – 1:00 PM
Location: Fine Arts 558
Free, with catered lunch
Much to the chagrin of artists, there are legal implications
to making creative work. This applies to amateurs and professionals alike in
all mediums of expression. The minute that you put paint to canvas, or sine
wave to hard drive, or light to celluloid, copyright gets involved. This can be
a good thing because copyright strengthens your ability to protect and profit
from your creative expressions. Similarly, whenever you collaborate with other
artists, get a commission from a patron, or take on some independent contractor
work, an oral or written contract is likely lurking around the corner.
Contracts help humans figure out exactly what their wants, needs, and
expectations are for any particular scenario. During this talk, we will cover
introductory legal issues related to copyright and contracts, and we will
discuss how these two areas of the law relate to your work as an artist.
Adam Holofcener, Esq. is the Executive Director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services and education to Maryland based artists and arts organizations. In his legal practice, Adam counsels artists and musicians on matters of copyright, trademark, contract, business entity formation, constitutional law, and other issues. He teaches a seminar on Art and Media Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Adam is also a practicing musician and sound artist. Information related to his creative endeavors can be found at www.adamgholofcener.com. He is a dad who lives in Baltimore City, USA.