On-Demand Recording: Moving your Content into the Digital World: Legal Guide for Individual Artists and Arts Organizations

This is an on-demand recording of the webinar “Moving your Content into the Digital World: Legal Guide for Individual Artists and Arts Organizations”, which was held on June 3, 2020. Slides and materials are available with the video presentation. To access the video, please register using the form below.

About this program:

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), in collaboration with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP present: Moving your Content into the Digital World: Legal Guide for Individual Artists and Arts Organizations (CLE)!

This 90-minute webinar summarizes the legal issues and risks associated with expanding your online presence as an independent artist or arts organization. Topics include privacy and data security issues, website disclaimers and disclosures, permissions and clearances for online content, posting user-generated content, and at the end, special considerations for not-for-profit entities related to legal compliance and fiduciary duties.


New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) serves as a catalyst for New York State’s vital cultural sector, which contributes $120 billion to our State economy and plays an integral role in the health of our workforce, tourism and hospitality sectors. In FY2020, NYSCA awarded $43.8M to 2,500 artists and organizations in all 62 State counties. As New York State’s cultural sector adapts to a changing climate, NYSCA is expanding its role as a resource. This webinar is part of the new NYSCA PRESENTS series of discussions with experts from the arts and culture field. Recently, NYSCA also launched NYSArts Online, highlighting grantees’ innovative virtual programs. For more information on NYSCA, please visit www.arts.ny.gov.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is a legal services organization that provides artists free or low fee legal services. VLA also plays an important role in educating artists, professionals within arts and cultural institutions, attorneys, students, and the general public about legal and business issues that affect artistic and creative endeavors. We provide industry-specific classes and workshops as well as core legal classes on copyright, contracts, and non-profit formation. For upcoming events, visit vlany.org/events and for on-demand recordings of previously held events, visit vlany.org/courses. For more information on VLA, visit www.vlany.org.


Lori Lesser
Lori Lesser is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Litigation Department and is Head of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. She advises on all aspects of intellectual property, technology and privacy law, including corporate transactions, litigation, licensing, outsourcing, strategic agreements and counseling. She counsels clients in a variety of fields, including media and entertainment, software and technology, financial information, apparel, retail and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, internet, mobile and social media services and nonprofits.

Mara Manus
Mara Manus is the Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Manus served as Executive Director of the Public Theater and at the Ford Foundation as an Economic Development Program Officer. She founded the management consulting firm Manus + Co to launch new cultural organizations. Ms. Manus earned a B.A. from Stanford University.

Chris Sprigman
Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Department, Professor Christopher Jon Sprigman has substantial experience in complex intellectual property matters, and particularly in the areas of copyright and trademark law. Chris is a tenured faculty member and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law, where he teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, competition policy and comparative constitutional law. He has also taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, as well as the Law School of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Maura Whelan
Maura Whelan is a member of Simpson Thacher’s Exempt Organizations Practice. She advises private foundations, public charities and social welfare organizations on structural and operating issues, including formation and governance, as well as domestic and international grantmaking. Maura also counsels donors on charitable gift planning and structuring. In addition, she advises institutions on investments in a wide variety of vehicles, including mission- and program-related investments and other private and public market investments.


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