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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March 2023

Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence – The Good, the Bad and The Unknown

March 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Location: Zoom Webinar Have you ever wondered about the intellectual property implications for Artificial Intelligence? Learn the fundamentals of how this emerging technology interacts with art copyright, patent, and trade secret. We will examine issues of fair use of training data, ownership of model outputs, questions around Open-Source licenses, patentability of AI/ML models and more! Instructor: Jordan Romanoff, Esq. Jordan is Director & Managing Counsel at BNY Mellon where he is responsible for the bank’s global trademark portfolio, brand protection initiatives,

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April 2023

Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) and Moral Rights

April 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Location: Zoom  Did you know that as an artist you may have rights in your work that continue even after the work is sold? With a review of the legislation and an examination of key case studies, this class will provide an overview of what rights are granted to artists under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA). Join us on April 12 as we discuss what kinds of works are protected by VARA, which personal rights artists have in their

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Legal Issues in Street Photography

April 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Location: Zoom  We invite you to join us for an informative discussion on legal issues related to street photography in New York. Key topics to be covered include the legal differences between photographing public and private property, when release forms may be required for photographing people in public, and what to be mindful of when photographing police and other government personnel. We will also cover some best practices to ensure that photographers are confident in how best to protect themselves.

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Personal Managers and Talent Agents

April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Location: Zoom  As conversations on diversity and inclusion become more common, talent agents and personal managers have to adapt to modernize their services in response to the industry's demands, especially in 2023. While these positive changes are necessary, some agents and managers cultivate toxic relationships with their clients based on exploitation, discrimination, and deception. This class will provide an overview of the steps talent agents and managers take —or should take— to create an equitable environment for their clients. This

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Legal Issues in Social Media

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Location: Zoom  What happens to your creative work when you post it on social media? This workshop will give an overview of relevant law for social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter, so that you can understand your rights when you post online, or when you use material uploaded by someone else. In particular, we will review the applicable copyright law, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the terms and conditions applicable to social media platforms, and relevant

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Legal Issues in Fashion

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Location: Zoom  “Fashion sounds cool, but what about fashion law?” This workshop will introduce you to key legal issues affecting the fashion industry. Primarily, fashion design intellectual property protection (copyright and trademark), contracts and commercial transactions, consumer cultures, as well as new legal issues in the emerging digital world. If you are a fashion designer or thinking about starting your own brand, join us! You will learn more about the scope of your rights and the special issues you need

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Alternative Fundraising: Online Crowdfunding

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Location: Zoom  This webinar provides valuable information about using online crowdfunding to finance a project! This program is helpful for learning what online crowdfunding is, how to evaluate the differences between the several types of crowdfunding, and identifying the online platforms available for alternative fundraising. Additionally, this webinar is helpful for artists, attorneys, arts professionals, and whoever would like to explore and learn about the legal implications of online crowdfunding. Topics Covered: Topics to be covered include an overview of

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