WALA @ Artomatic 2016!

WALA is happy to once again team up with Artomatic to present the Creative Entrepreneur Series @ Artomatic 2016 (Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs).  This three-workshop series addresses key legal and best practice issues for creatives.

Session 1 – Copyright/Trademark Protection & Use

Thursday, November 17, 2016 
7PM – 9PM 

John D. Mason of Copyright Counselors, LLC is an art, entertainment and intellectual property attorney, and literary agent. He is based in the Washington DC/Maryland area. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark transactional matters, litigation, publishing and media issues, contracts, and commercial matters. He works with writers, artists, filmmakers and people and companies in creative industries to protect, promote and exploit their work. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Mason is adjunct faculty teaching Art and the Law at George Mason University, on the Board of Directors for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and on the Advisory Board of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. His email is jmason@copyrightcounselors.com and his firm website is www.copyrightcounselors.com.


Session 2 – Privacy/Liability Issues for Artists/Businesses using Others’ Likenesses

Thursday, December 1, 2016  

7PM – 9PM 

 Join Aaron Arce Stark of Arce Stark Law LLC for a discussion about the privacy and liability issues photographers and business owners face when using images of people in their art or marketing.

Aaron M. Arce Stark is an attorney based in Washington, D.C. His law firm, Arce Stark Law LLC, focuses on meeting the legal needs of creators. The law firm represents clients in intellectual property litigation, registration, licensing, and enforcement, both in the United States and abroad.  Learn more about Aaron and his firm at arcestarklaw.com

Session 3 – Grants and Leases

Thursday, December 8, 2016

7PM – 9PM 

So now what? You are ready to get up and running. You are starting to look for a business or operating location and you are also ready to begin work. Let’s start. Whether you are completely new to the process or seasoned, have a lively discussion around:

  • The basics of understanding/negotiating leases
  • Common pitfalls of leases
  • Ways to determine the best leasing situation for you
  • The basics of understanding grants
  • How to make the most of your grant
  • How to properly manage your grant
  • How to adjust to business changes and shifts that impact your lease and/or  grant

Presentation and Q & A with India Pinkney – General Counsel, National Endowment for the Arts is also the General Counsel for the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities. She manages the legal operations of the organization and advises on a range of matters, from grants and contracts, to transactions and intellectual property, to employment law matters, as well as compliance, ethics, and litigation, among others. She advises the Chair, the National Council on the Arts, and other officials. She works closely with NEA and PCAH on the legal side of the production of public events, such as NEA Jazz Masters, Poetry Out Loud, and more.  Prior to working at NEA, Ms. Pinkney practiced international law for several years at the Federal Aviation Administration. She served as the principal legal counsel for the Safe Skies for Africa Program, advised on international aviation safety matters, provided legal consultation and training to countries, and engaged in high-level negotiations on a range of international matters. She worked at the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in Montreal, Canada, and in that capacity was the first American to work in the ICAO Legal Bureau in the organization’s history. She practiced in the DC office of the law firm of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, and immediately following law school, held a clerkship at the North Carolina Supreme Court with the Honorable Henry Frye, Sr., former Chief Justice. She received both her JD and BA from the University of Virginia.