Intellectual Property: Content, Licensing and Clearances @ the 2019 Arts Administrators of Color Convening

November 9, 2019  •  Washington, DC

Event Summary

Attorney John D. Mason from Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts will walk you through the definitions, differences, and legal protections associated with using and presenting the licensed intellectual property. This session includes an overview of each with lots of time for in-depth Q&A.

John D. Mason of Copyright Counselors, LLC, and Mason Literary is an art and entertainment and intellectual property attorney, and a literary agent. He is based in the Washington DC/Maryland area but has a national and international client base and has handled copyright and trademark matters in numerous federal district courts by admission pro hac vice. John’s practice focuses on copyright and trademark registrations and transactional matters, litigation, copyright infringement, publishing and media issues, defamation, licensing and contracts, and commercial matters relating to creative industries. He works with writers, artists, filmmakers, photographers and creative people and companies of all kinds to protect, promote and productively exploit their work. As a significant part of his law practice, John is a literary agent and literary attorney who represents writers in their dealings and negotiations with editors and publishers. In addition to representing writers as their literary agent, John has also cleared manuscripts for various legal issues such as libel, negotiated and drafted publishing and licensing and distribution agreements related to books and their various ancillary rights, and negotiated and handled book to film option agreements and deals. John is adjunct faculty teaching Entertainment Law at UDC Law School, past adjunct faculty teaching Art and the Law at George Mason University, lectures regularly at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Art as Applied to Medicine Master’s program, and gives numerous lectures and talks every year on legal issues related to artists of all kinds. John is also committed to non-profit service and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (, and as a member of the Advisory Board of Veterans in Film and Television. He previously served on the Advisory Board of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington and the Board of Directors of the Washington Improv Theater. John attended the Loyola University of New Orleans for both undergraduate and law school and maintains close ties to the City of New Orleans.

This event is produced by Arts Administrators of Color. For more information and to register, contact Arts Administrators of Color at, or visit WALA member rates do not apply to this event.

Event Details

  • Date

    November 9, 2019

  • Time

    2:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Partner

    Arts Administrators of Color

  • Venue

    Eaton DC
    1201 K St NW
    Washington, DC

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