Seminar on Copyright Law and Intellectual Property

IP Law Expert Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq, the Associate Director of Volunteer Lawyers For the Arts will be speaking at the Guild on December 8th. Click above for more info.

December 8, 2010

WGAE members and a guest are invited to

Seminar on Copyright Law and Intellectual Property

December 8

Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson Street (between Dominick and Broome)
Floor 7 – Conference Room A

With the recent increase in copyright issues and lawsuits, visual artists and writers need to be aware of copyright laws and the legal issues that may affect their practice and the presentation of their work. This seminar will focus on copyright law and intellectual property, with a primer on some of the more pressing legal concerns for artists today, such as the use of appropriated text, sound, and images, fair use, blogs and the internet. This lecture will give an overview of a few cases that clearly illustrate the recent explosion of copyright lawsuits, such as Associated Press v. Shepard Fairey and Gaylord v. United States. This seminar is open to writers, filmmakers, video artists, artists, and arts administrators.
Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq., is the Associate Director, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a lawyer and an artist who practices art law. He is interested in the relationship between contemporary art and law, with a focus on copyright, free speech, deaccessioning, and nonprofit organizations. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.  His art projects have been shown in international exhibitions, including Mexico, Germany, and Spain, and nationally in Dallas, New York City, and Los Angeles. He has published essays and projects in Five Continents and One City Exhibition (catalogue essay, Mexico), Capital Art: On the Culture of Punishment (catalogue essay, US), Cabinet Magazine (US), Law Text Culture (Australia), and Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left.
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