You have drawn, painted, or produced a creative work – now, who owns the work and controls the right to exploit it? Separate fact from fiction in this workshop that covers the basics of copyright law and protection of your art. Join CLA and Pierce Law Group LLP attorneys Azita Mirzaian and Vera Golosker for an overview of United States copyright law as it relates to the art and entertainment industries. Topics that will be covered include: what is and is not protected by copyright law; rights conferred by the Copyright Act; the benefits of registering a copyright; works-made-for hire; fair use; the difficulties with so-called “idea theft” claims; the Visual Artists Rights Act; and the evolution and future of copyright law.
Presenters: Azita Mirzaian, Esq. is an entertainment litigator who handles intellectual property matters, right of publicity matters, contract disputes, labor and employment issues in the film industry, film clearance matters, and child actor court ratification matters. Azita currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Intellectual Property, Internet, and New Media Section, and she is on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Section. Azita is also a founding member of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (CSEL), for which she recently worked on an amicus curia brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the test for substantial similarity in copyright infringement cases.
Vera Golosker, Esq. is an associate at Pierce Law Group LLP and works primarily on litigation matters. She is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property, Internet, and New Media Sections. Her practice reas are focused on entertainment law litigation, trademark and copyright infringement matters, corporate maintenance in the film industry, labor and employment law issues, contract drafting and disputes.