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Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

On February 25th, MdVLA and Station North will host artists, lawyers, and law students at: Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, a Presentation and Discussion to be held at the Station North Chicken Box, 1 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event will focus on how artists, scholars, educators, and museum professionals can appropriately use the copyrighted works of others without permission in their practice through fair use. The presentation and discussion will be followed by a reception. The event is free. Please RSVP to .

The presentation and discussion will be led by Peter Jaszi, a professor of law at American University Washing College of Law. Professor Jaszi teaches copyright law and courses in law and cinema, as well as supervising students in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, which he helped to establish, along with the Program on Intellectual Property and Information Justice. He has served as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and is a member of the editorial board of its journal. In 2007, he received the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. He has written about copyright history and theory and co-authored a standard copyright textbook. With Prof, Pat Aufderheide, he facilitated the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, which was released on February 13.

The event page can be found HERE

Daily Record Profiles MdVLA Volunteer Attorneys!

The Daily Record profiled volunteer attorneys Andrew Goldman and Jeremy Rountree regarding the fantastic work they have done for MdVLA.  You can check out the article by clicking here.

POSTPONED – Mind Your Business – December 6

Eastern Shore Artists, the Mind Your Business seminar scheduled for Saturday, December 6 at the Salisbury-Wicomico Arts Council Office must be postponed due to circumstances that are outside of our control.  We plan to reschedule the event early in the new year.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Mind Your Business – December 6 – Salisbury, MD

Join us for a workshop to help Southern Maryland’s creative class better navigate budgets, cash flow, copyright, insurance, and more!

This event is FREE! But space is limited, please RSVP at or call Maryland Citizens for the Arts: 410-467-6700.

Mind Your Business is presented by PNC Bank, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council Office (SWAC)
104 Poplar Hill Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21801

Find this event on Facebook!

If you have any questions, please email or call 410-752-1633.

MdVLA on Downtown Upload Podcast on WTMD

MdVLA’s Executive Director, Adam Holofcener, was featured on the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s Downtown Upload Weekly Podcast on WTMD.  He spoke with podcast host, Megan Isennock, about MdVLA’s legal services and programs, bi-weekly Art Law Clinic, and how preventative care isn’t just for the medical profession.  You can listen to the podcast on WTMD’s website by clicking here.

Free Art Law Clinics – November 8 & 22, 2014

Got a copyright question?  Need help reviewing a contract?  Not sure if you should form an LLC or 501(c)(3) Non-Profit?  These are all great questions that can be answered by one of our pro bono attorneys at an upcoming Art Law Clinic.  At each clinic, an Artist can receive a FREE 30 minute consultation with a lawyer for a legal question related to their work as an artist.  We have two clinics scheduled in November.  Details are below.

November 8, 2014
Maryland Institute College of Art
Main Building, Room 110
1300 Mt. Royal Ave.,
Baltimore, MD 21217

November 22, 2014
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224

If you have questions or are interested in making an appointment, please contact



Free Copyright Clinic – October 18 at Univ. of Baltimore School of Law

Are you a lawyer or law student wanting to learn how to register copyrights?  Are you an artist needing to copyright your works of art? Perhaps you’re both!

JOIN US! Saturday, October 18th, 9am-1pm at the University of Baltimore School of Law (1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201) for our free Copyright Clinic!

The Copyright Clinic is an opportunity for practitioners and law students to learn how to register copyrights for various forms of art.  After the information session, attendees can assist local artists with registering their artwork.

If you are an attorney or law student and would like to participate in the clinic OR if you are an artist wanting to register material, please contact Nicholas Hawkins at to sign-up.

See you there!

MdVLA’s Fall Art Law Clinic Line-Up

The dates for our September Art Law Clinics have been confirmed!

– September 13th, 1-4pm, at the University of Baltimore School of Law, 1420 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

– September 27th, 1-4pm, at City Arts, 440 E. Oliver St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Come meet with an attorney for a free 25-minute consultation regarding your arts related legal issue!  We recommend scheduling an appointment as time slots fill fast (

Stay Tuned for MdVLA’s Fall Schedule of Workshops and Clinics

Keep checking back as we firm up the dates for our Art Law Clinics and workshops. Currently on the schedule: a Copyright Registration Clinic on Oct. 18. Register your copyright with the assistance of an attorney. Bring your own laptop and credit card and GET IT DONE. More details to follow.