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Licensing 101 in Television, Film, & New Media Productions

March 29, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Location: Zoom Webinar

Knowing how to navigate the layers of rights clearances will ensure your content is free and clear to be exploited in a legally compliant way. However, the hardest part of licensing is sometimes knowing what materials actually require clearance.

This course will take a deep dive into outlining the many types of copyrighted materials typically used in creative content. Attendees will walk away with a better eye for identifying what elements of their projects might require licensing.Specific topics that will be covered include footage and image licensing, music, personality/likeness rights, rights of publicity, public domain, user generated content, artwork, logos, trademarked buildings, brands and products, quotes, book excerpts, speeches, union re-use fees, iconic characters and more.


Melissa Somosky is currently a Senior Content Acquisition Manager at Amazon Music where she manages music licensing for mass ads and recorded performances. Prior to that, she was Director of Global Rights at A+E Television Networks overseeing commercial music clearances and Rights Licensing. Melissa is also a 2016 graduate of the Women in Cable Television Rising Leaders Program. She attended the College of William and Mary and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and American Studies in 2006. Currently, Melissa lives in Brooklyn with her two cats and enjoys live music, cooking and cultural exploration.

$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
$110 Legal Professional VLA Member
$135 Legal Professional Non-Member
$80 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. To register by email, please contact

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.


March 29, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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