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Cracking the Code: Legal Issues for Artists in the Digital Age (CLE)

May 6, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:45 pm

Previously offered as “Digital Media Bootcamp”, this program will be held as an online webinar.

About this Program:
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. Join VLA on May 6, 2020 for our popular class on Legal Issues for Artists in the Digital Age, where we’ll 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 will 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.


  • 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.

$75 Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$75 Artists Over Sixty
$100 Arts Professional VLA Member
$150 Arts Professional Non-Member
$225 Legal Professional VLA Member
$275 Legal Professional Non-Member

To register by email, please contact registrations@vlany.org.

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

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.

Webinar Access:
Participants will receive an email in advance of this workshop with instructions to access. For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org.


May 6, 2020
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Event Category:


NY United States


Event type
CLE Class
Event Cate
CLE Class