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Copyright for Creators: Make Use of Fair Use

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James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284

Description

In the digital age, everyone is a publisher or a maker or a creator. Whether you work in a studio or a classroom, understanding copyright is a foundational skill. VCU Libraries Copyright for Creators series presents a workshop on the copyright basics that all creators need to know, including: exclusive rights, granted to creators, copyright registration, managing copyrights with co-creators and sharing your copyrighted works.

The series is free and open to all, but please register for the session you plan on attending. For special accommodations, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 at least two days prior to the event.

Schedule and Registration

Feb. 16
1-2:30 p.m.
Room 205
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Creators' Rights
In the digital age, everyone is a publisher or a maker or a creator. Whether you work in a studio or a classroom, understanding copyright is a foundational skill. VCU Libraries Copyright for Creators series presents a workshop on the copyright basics that all creators need to know.
March 2
Room 205
1-2:30 p.m.
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Make Use of Fair Use
VCU Libraries Copyright for Creators series presents a workshop on fair use, a doctrine in United States copyright law that permits certain uses of copyrighted works without permission from the copyright holder. Those who want to assert their right to fair use must determine if their use is fair on a case-by-case basis, using the particular details and context of their use, the four factors set out in copyright law, and other relevant considerations. Workshop participants are invited to bring a potential use case to the workshop, where the four factors of fair use and various fair use court cases will be discussed to help guide participants in their own fair use analysis. However, no legal advice will be provided, and participants will not be given final yes/no answers about their use case.
March 16
10-noon p.m.
Room 303
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Rights and Relationships: Key Legal Issues for Artists
Legal issues increasingly affect every facet of our lives. Unfortunately, art is no exception: appropriation artists sense a chilling effect to their creative practices; collaborations may give rise to disputes; artists hire studio assistants, “intern,” and outside fabricators; museums present artists with commission agreements; artists increasingly work in different international locales; artists see their work copied by large corporations or other artists. These are just some scenarios all artists face at some point in their careers, and all of these scenarios encompass legal issues. This talk will introduce the artists to the “must-know” legal and business issues that arise when making art, and encourage agreements that enable more effective working relationships, now and into the future.
The workshop will be led by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, an artist who also practices art law. Sarmiento is interested in the relationship between contemporary art and law, with a primary focus on tangible and intangible property, appropriation, contractual agreements, authorship, freedom of expression, and outlaw culture.s. He has extensive experience with teaching and speaking artists rights and art law at dozens of academic and art institutions. He currently has his own private practice, the Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento and his art projects have been shown in international exhibitions. In 2010 Sarmiento also founded and currently directs The Art & Law Program, seminar-colloquium that focuses on the study of law as a linguistic system, institutional force, and power structure, with a particular focus on how the discourses and practices of law and visual culture impact each other, self-governance, history, and culture.
March 16
2-3:30 p.m.
Room 303
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Culture in the Face of Publics
Guest speaker Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento will present a public lecture exploring questions raised in his online moderated debate: Does the public have a right to culture? 
What public and what culture are we talking about, and how far does this right extend? How can the law be used to restrict, limit, or facilitate the public's access to cultural works, and what other non-legal barriers to access exist? How can academic and other cultural institutions with missions to provide access to and promote engagement with art and cultural works navigate these questions?
Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an artist who also practices art law. Sarmiento is interested in the relationship between contemporary art and law, with a primary focus on tangible and intangible property, appropriation, contractual agreements, authorship, freedom of expression, and outlaw culture.s. He has extensive experience with teaching and speaking artists rights and art law at dozens of academic and art institutions. He currently has his own private practice, the Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento and his art projects have been shown in international exhibitions. In 2010 Sarmiento also founded and currently directs The Art & Law Program, seminar-colloquium that focuses on the study of law as a linguistic system, institutional force, and power structure, with a particular focus on how the discourses and practices of law and visual culture impact each other, self-governance, history, and culture.
March 23
1-2 p.m.
Room 205
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Navigate the Permissions Process
In the digital age, everyone is a publisher or a maker or a creator. Whether you work in a studio or a classroom, understanding copyright is a foundational skill. VCU Libraries Copyright for Creators series presents a workshop on navigating the copyright permissions process. Workshop participants will learn when and how to get permission to use copyrighted works and will see (and help navigate) example permissions processes.


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