VLA offers a variety of programs and workshops, which are listed below. We also offer a selection of on-demand, online recordings of previously held education programs for those unable to attend or want a refresher. Click here to access and view these presentations.

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Legal Matters in Art: Workshop Series (CLE)

November 1, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

When it comes to being an artistic creator, legal issues matter.

Join VLA online for a three-part workshop series aimed at providing artists and attorneys of all disciplines with fundamental and practical knowledge of key areas in art law. Through understanding principles of copyright and contract law, you’ll be better equipped to understand the marketplace value of your work and make a living doing what you love.

Although not required, we encourage participants to attend all three workshops to get an overview of the key areas of art law. All workshops will take place online.

Continuing Legal Education: Continuing legal education credits for all workshops are approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys.

Part One: Copyright Essentials (1 CLE)

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 | 5:00 – 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. We will discuss the basics of copyright law, what it does and does not cover, and steps you can take to help prevent copyright infringement of your work.


Elissa Hecker, Esq., Principal, Law Office of Elissa D. Hecker

Part Two: Is it Fair? A Guide to Fair Use in Art (1.5 CLE)

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Are you an artist wondering if and when you can incorporate copyrighted material into your artwork? There are certain circumstances where the limited, “fair use” of copyrighted material may be permitted. Is it Fair? is designed to enable non-lawyers, as well as lawyers who have limited experience in the subject, to understand how copyright law – with a particular focus on fair use – affects visual art.


Katie Wagner, Esq., VLA Executive Director

Part Three: Contract Basics (1 CLE)

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Whether you are creating commissioned work, a musician performing a gig, a filmmaker licensing music, or any artist engaged in any business relationship, you are probably entering into contracts on a regular basis. But do you know how to create a contract, what terms are important, or how a contract may be unenforceable? In this class, we will provide an overview of contract law, including essential aspects of contract formation, enforceability, and standard contract provisions. Come to VLA’s Contract Basics to learn more about how to protect your rights, or how to advise your clients about their rights!


Joseph Tedeschi, Esq., General Counsel and Senior Advisor, and Member of VLA Board of Directors


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

Full-Time Student and Artists Over Sixty:

  • 3 Workshops: $60 (20% Savings)
  • Individual Workshops: $25/each

Arts Professional VLA Member:

  • 3 Workshops: $84 (20% Savings)
  • Individual Workshops: $35/each

Arts Professional Non-Member:

  • 3 Workshops: $132 (20% Savings)
  • Individual Workshops: $55/each

Legal Professional VLA Member:

  • 3 Workshops: $300 (20% Savings)
  • Individual Workshops: $125/each

Legal Professional Non-Member:

  • 3 Workshops: $420 (20% Savings)
  • Individual Workshops: $175/each

Young Associate Members (YAM’s):

  • 3 Workshops: $240 (20% Savings)
  • Individual Workshops: $100/each

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

To register for individual workshops:

Part One: Copyright Essentials (1 CLE): Register Here

Part Two: Is it Fair? A Guide to Fair Use in Art (1.5 CLE): Register Here

Part Three: Contract Basics (1 CLE): Register Here

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.


November 1, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:


NY United States


Event type
CLE Class
Event Cate
CLE Class