On-Demand Recording: Cracking the Code: Legal Issues for Artists in the Digital Age (3 CLE)

Length: 3 hours

This is an on-demand recording of VLA’s Webinar: Cracking the Code: Legal Issues for Artists in the Digital Age (CLE) held on May 6, 2020. When you purchase this presentation, you will receive slides so you can follow along and a packet of handout material to supplement the program. Please use the form at the bottom to access this presentation.

About this program (previously held as “Digital Media Bootcamp”):

Most of us engage with digital and social media every day, whether posting photos to Instagram, designing digital video content, or working with brands to engage with fans. In this program, we explore the exciting legal landscape of digital and social media!

Attorneys will learn how to counsel artists and arts organizations on legal and regulatory issues in the digital space, and artists and content creators will benefit from learning how to best promote their work on digital platforms. Presenters discuss a variety of topics, including intellectual property in social media, contractual issues in the digital space, and regulation of sponsored content.

Whether you are an artist, an arts company, or an attorney advising your clients on matters relating to digital and social media, this program is sure to provide valuable information for those working in digital media.

This program will offer 3 Continuing Legal Education credits to attorneys (approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys).


  • Robert J. deBrauwere, Partner, Pryor Cashman
  • Anthony Ramirez, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Anita K. Sharma, Sharma Law PLLC

Robert J. deBrauwere co-chairs Pryor Cashman’s Digital Media Group and is a member of the Intellectual Property, Media + Entertainment and Litigation Groups. His extensive knowledge of the interplay between IP, technology, media, entertainment and music has earned him the role of trusted business and legal advisor to some of the world’s most cutting-edge companies and influential artists and songwriters. A former computer programmer and concert and theater sound/lighting engineer, Rob understands how technology and entertainment intersect in the digital world. He recognizes the challenges that accompany the design and development of new applications, products and distribution channels, and works alongside his clients to devise solutions that are scalable and secure.

Anthony Ramirez is of counsel in the Technology Transactions Group in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster. Anthony advises clients on general commercial and transactional matters. His clients include technology, media, and communications companies with considerable intellectual property assets. His practice focuses on the legal aspects of licensing and commercializing technology and intellectual property, as well as negotiating general commercial contracts. He also regularly assists clients with legal issues relating to mobile applications and social media.

Anita K. Sharma is an entertainment lawyer and producer based In New York City. Her entertainment law practice covers the areas of film, television, intellectual property, digital media and branded entertainment. Anita has developed a specialized digital media practice representing YouTubers and digital influencers like Lilly Singh (IISuperwomanII), Marcus Butler, Dulce Candy, Judy Travis (ItsJudysLife) Louis Cole (FunForLouis), Jasmeet Singh (JusReign), Sara Lynn Cauchon (The Domestic Geek) and LaToya Ali (LaToya Forever). As a producer, in 2010 Anita produced her first award-winning feature film, Stag, that premiered at the LA Comedy Fest where it won “Best Ensemble” & the “Award of Excellence”. In 2011 she produced The Conversation, an online interactive website companion piece to Sarah Polley’s film Take This Waltz. In 2010, Anita produced the short film Champagne, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2012 Anita was invited to attend the Rotterdam International Film Festival’s Producer’s Lab and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Producer’s Lab.


If you are a VLA member, email registrations@vlany.org to receive a discount code that will allow you to access and purchase your ticket. 

Full-Time Students and Artists Over Sixty: $65
Arts Professional VLA Members: $95
Arts Professional Non-VLA Members: $140
Legal Professional VLA Members: $215
Legal Professional Non-VLA Members: $265

Please note that if you wish to receive CLE credit, you must purchase an attorney ticket (Legal Professional Non-Member or Legal Professional Member).

For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. For more information and how to apply, please review our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines here.

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