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Legal Matters in Art: “Copyright 101” Current Answers to Deceptively Simple Legal Questions (CLE)

September 28, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

As an artist, it is essential for you to understand your rights in your creations, and what to do if you believe those rights have been violated. Whether or not art is your livelihood, you should take the steps necessary to protect your ownership rights in your work.

Join VLA and Moses & Singer LLP for the basics of copyright law. “COPYRIGHT 101” is an introduction to U.S. copyright law for non-copyright lawyers (and non-lawyers). In an hour, it covers the following basic and timely subjects:

1. What is copyright?

2. What is copyrightable?

3. How do you get a copyright?

4. What remedies are there for copyright infringement?

5. What exceptions and limitations are there on copyright rights?

6. What is fair use and what is the most recent word from the Supreme Court about fair use?

7. Copyright on the Internet and a word about AI.

Continuing Legal Education: 1 CLE credit for attorneys. Approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys.


David Rabinowitz, Esq., Partner, Moses Singer

David Rabinowitz, Co-Chair of Moses & Singer’s Litigation practice group and a member of its Intellectual Property and Law Firm Management practice groups, has been a partner with the firm since 1985. Rabinowitz has a broad commercial litigation and litigation counseling practice. In the area of intellectual property, he has represented entertainment, sports, and media companies, as well as talent and rights owners on matters concerning contracts and licenses, copyright, trademark and unfair competition, right of publicity, defamation and related free speech issues.

Toby Butterfiled, Esq, Partner, Moses Singer

Toby Butterfield, a Partner in Moses Singer’s Intellectual Property, Entertainment/Media & Technology, and Litigation practice groups, has 25 years of experience litigating and counseling on copyright, trademark, defamation, software and digital media, and commercial matters. His clients include media and entertainment companies, motion picture and theater producers, major brand owners, technology companies, and designers of luxury goods.

Three-Part Workshop Series: Legal Matters in Art: Copyright Essentials is the first workshop in VLA’s Three-Part Series: Legal Matters in Art. Although not required, we encourage you to join us for all three workshops to get a full overview of the most important legal issues for artists. To register and learn more, click here


For members, please email registrations@vlany.org to receive your special discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your discounted ticket.

  • $25 Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
  • $25 Artists Over Sixty
  • $35 Arts Professional VLA Member
  • $55 Arts Professional Non-Member
  • $150 Legal Professional VLA Member
  • $200 Legal Professional Non-Member
  • $100 Young Associate Members (YAM’s)

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

Refund Policy: 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.

Zoom Access: Participants will receive an email in advance with instructions to access the webinar. Please note that this is a live webinar. We are unable to distribute a recording of this presentation.


You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link within an hour of registration, as well as an email the day of the class containing any materials. If you do not see these emails, please check your spam folder before reaching out to registrations@vlany.org.


September 28, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:


NY United States


Event type
CLE Class
Event Cate
CLE Class