Copyright Workshop for Visual Artists

Artists will learn about the rights they have in their work, and how to use those rights to maintain creative and financial control over their projects

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Saturday, December 13, 2014
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

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Copyright is part of a set of property rights that enable artists to monetize their creativity and earn a living from doing what they love. The trouble is, it comes from a complex area of the law that relatively few people understand. As a result, many artists don’t get the full benefit of what the law provides for them. To make things worse, art is rarely treated as a “business,” and often rights are transferred without anyone putting anything in writing.

In this workshop, Max Hass (a 3rd-year law student at Tulane) and Bri Whetstone (a Louisiana-licensed attorney and 2013 Tulane Law graduate) will walk through the basics of copyright law, focusing on the specific needs of visual artists – painters, photographers, graphic designers, sculptors, etc. The workshop will also introduce and familiarize artists with basic contracts that can be used to define the parameters of how a project will be executed, thus cutting down on confusion, miscommunication, and bad feelings that arise from projects that take a wrong turn.

Artists will leave this class with an understanding of their rights in their work, and basic contract terms they may encounter. They will also have information about where to learn more, a handout to take home, and will be encouraged to stay in touch with the workshop instructors for any follow-up questions or concerns they may have. Most importantly, the class is free and open to the public!

NOTE: This workshop is an overview of certain areas of law concerning copyright and contract, and is intended for educational purposes only. The workshop will not provide legal advice. If you have a specific legal problem, you should consult an attorney. The workshop instructors may be able to put you in touch with attorneys if needed.