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)

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - October 20 @ 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.

Workshops can be attended individually, but you will receive a discount for attending all three! 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)
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 5 – 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. This workshop is taught by VLA’s Staff Attorney Laura Levin-Dando.

Part Two: Is it Fair? (A Guide to Fair Use in Art) (1.5 CLE)
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 5 – 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. This course will build on the fundamentals discussed in Part One of the series, to delve further into issues such as infringement, the fair use defense, and other related topics. This workshop is taught by VLA’s Executive Director Katie Wagner.

Part Three: Contract Basics (1 CLE)
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 5 – 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? As an artist and an entrepreneur, contracts are an essential tool for your business. 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! This workshop is taught by VLA’s Staff Attorney Laura Levin-Dando.


Those who purchase the series package will receive a discount off the total price. For members, please email registrations@vlany.org to receive your special discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your discounted ticket.

Series Package (3 Workshops):

  • $60 (Save $15) Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
  • $60 (Save $15) Artists Over Sixty
  • $85 (Save $20) Arts Professional VLA Member
  • $135 (Save $30) Arts Professional Non-Member
  • $330 (Save $70) Legal Professional VLA Member
  • $450 (Save $100) Legal Professional Non-Member
  • $250 (Save $60) 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).

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.

Webinar Access: Participants will receive an email in advance with instructions to access the Zoom webinar. Please make sure that you have regular access to the email you use to register. For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org.

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October 7 @ 5:00 pm
October 20 @ 6:30 pm
Event Category:


NY United States


Event type
CLE Class
Event Cate
CLE Class