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Copyright Basics

April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Get an introduction to the basics of Copyright law!

As a creator, it is important to be able to make a living from the hard work you devote to your original works of authorship. You should have the right to control what others can and cannot do with your works, with a few exceptions. Often, however, the legal and business aspects of what to do with art before, during, and after it is created will depend on Copyright law. A creator’s copyrights are part of a bundle from which an artist can, among other things, license, sell, transfer, and/or assign, any number of rights to another.

In addition to providing an introduction to U.S. Copyright law, this workshop will also focus on many types of licensing and the fair use defense.

If you create, use, appropriate, produce, commission… then this workshop is for you.

This program will be taught by entertainment attorney Elissa Hecker.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 5 – 6:30 PM

VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022


About the Instructor

A repeat New York Super Lawyer and Top Attorney – New York Metro Area’s Outstanding Lawyer, who practices in the entertainment and business fields, Elissa Hecker has a wide range of experience in corporate, copyright, and trademark law, with clients that encompass a large spectrum of the business and entertainment world. She is an articulate, persuasive communicator with polished presentation skills.

Elissa focuses on the representation of businesses (both established and new ventures), the entertainment industry, individuals, creators, entrepreneurial ventures, and both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. She has extensive experience with contracts, licensing, digital issues, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, and all aspects of running a business. Elissa optimizes legal and business affairs function for songwriters, music publishers, recording artists, performers, managers, producers, independent record labels, and production companies, as well as within the film, television, dance, visual arts, and book publishing industries.

Membership Discount Code:

*For members, please contact 212.319.2787 ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org to receive your discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your ticket.


$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
$55 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received.

For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10.

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April 17
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787


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VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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(212) 319 - 2787