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Copyright, appropriation and the law

An open forum for Indigenous and non Indigenous artists and creators in all disciplines to talk through some of the issues they face in their practice. How is your work protected under copyright laws? Can copyright align with Indigenous artistic practice? Led by Martha Rans, Legal Director of the Artists’ Legal Outreach, copyright lawyer and advocate […]

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Join us for a variety of copyright conversations happening in Victoria and Vancouver!

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  Tickets for the first event can be purchased from Eventbrite here. On Monday February 25, 2019 on the University Victoria Campus, join us for a Copyright 101 Workshop. With the massive amount of media being easily shared digitally, how do we know what’s fair to use or what others can use of ours? Recent […]

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Copyright 101

Copyright for Artists –

With the massive amount of media being easily shared digitally, how do we know what’s fair to use or what others can use of ours? Recent court cases with Canadian artists emphasize the importance of understanding copyright. Presenting and accessing creative works – art, photography, video, writing, music – is easier than ever and this has major implications on how we choose to showcase our creative output.

From understanding copyright and its applications for creators to fair dealing and fair use, lawyer and copyright expert Martha Rans will unravel the shifting and evolving legal issues that need to be a major part of your business as an artist. This workshop is recommended for all creators: visual artists, media artists, composers, writers, performing artists, and photographers.

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Kid Cartoonist Pushes Scholastic Art Contest to Reconsider Its Copyright Policy

Check out this article written by Elena Goukassian about a 13-year old challenging Scholastic’s copyright policies for its art and writing competitions.      

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Did you know….

…..that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office hosts free events across the country? The topics range from “Trademarks 101,” Protecting your IP abroad,” and “IP Commercialization.” Check out their calendar here: https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/crmsri/cipo/events/ Some of the events are also hosted as webinars if you can’t make it in person.

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Triple Party Copyright Case Brings Up Interesting Issues in Today’s Music Landscape

Read the article written by Guy Osborn, Professor of Law at the University of Westminster and Simon Anderson, musician, composer and music publisher published today on the Quietus: Get The Lawyers In! Experts On The Del Rey vs Radiohead vs Hollies Case  

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Conversations about Copyright and Creativity: Fair Dealing and the Recent York University Case

Join us for a panel discussion on the impact of the decision in Access Copyright v. York University on fair dealing and copyright issues generally. Presenters: Martha Rans, Artists’ Legal Outreach Lindsay Dykstra, McMillan LLP Kevin Williams, Talonbooks Greg Younging, Theytus Books, UBC Okanagan Billeh Nickerson, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Elizabeth Bachinsky, Douglas College

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I’m a photographer

I’m a photographer Photography is the oldest part of the Act. In 2012, it finally evolved with the technology. In 2012, the Copyright Act was amended and photographers now own the copyright in a photograph they take. That did not used to be the case – the copyright of a photo belonged to the person […]

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I’m a painter

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I’m a painter Once your painting or visual art work is finished, you can control its reproduction, exhibition, distribution in any media, anywhere in the world. The exhibition right is an important right for visual artists since it has established that an exhibition fee ought to be paid to artists. It is important to know […]

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Unlocatable Copyright Owners

Unlocatable Copyright Owners

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