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Fair Use, VARA and Copyright in the Artists’ World: An Artists in the Reframed Space Series Program by WALA

April 22, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Attendees will learn and discuss hot topics in copyright law, to include the Visual Artists Rights Act and what it aims to do, fair use, and recent trends and cases as applied to different media.

Speakers: Alyssa Reiner, Clinton Leite, and George Koch

Attend the WALA “Artists in the Reframed Space” Legal Education Series @ Artomatic in Crystal City. This year’s theme is “Artists in the Reframed Space” to look at relevant historical legal issues for artists in the reframed context of the present.

Alyssa Reiner is an Assistant General Counsel with AOL Inc., specializing in technology and content development, licensing, and distribution. Alyssa supports AOL’s media properties such as The Huffington Post TechCrunch, Moviefone, aol.com, and various mobile applications.

Prior to joining AOL, Alyssa was a Senior Attorney at the Smithsonian Institution, where her practice focused on copyright transactional work related to the creation, acquisition, and distribution of creative content. She worked with museum clients on matters such as the commissioning of artworks, the development of virtual exhibits, and the production of musical recordings. Alyssa received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her B.A. from Cornell University.

George Koch currently serves as Chair Emeritus for Artomatic, Inc. In 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015, Artomatic energized Washington artists and performers and demonstrated the city’s creative energy, captured media attention, and drew residents from the tri-state area. He is currently the President and CEO of the Center for the Creative Economy in the District of Columbia. George is a painter and founder of A. Salon, Ltd., an artist’s service organization in the District of Columbia. Koch is a founding member of the Cultural Development Corporation, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and the Fringe Festival. He is one of four lead co-organizers for Creative World – DC.

Mr. Koch served as a member of the District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council for five terms and served as commissioner convener for the Visual Art, Design, and Media panels. He was the convener for the Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Panel for four years. Mr. Koch chaired the Arts and Culture Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO for ten years, including several additional years as Co-Chair. The Committee successfully championed the creation of the D.C. Film Office. Mr. Koch served five terms as an officer of National Artists Equity Association and the Artists Equity Fund.

Other Series Events:

Thursday 4/27
Title: Shared Space and Business Creation
Speakers: Hardeep Grover and Laura Possessky
Synopsis: This panel will discuss legal issues for artists in shared spaces, relevant contracts, how to join one, rights ownership, and business entity formation for how to form a shared space.

Saturday 4/29
Title: State of the Arts
Speakers: Jonathan Katz and Jay Dick
Synopsis: An interactive lecture and discussion about strategies for increasing the public perception of the value of the arts and what kinds of persuasion have the best chance of working with decision makers. Historical efforts will provide context for challenges in today’s environment. Attendees will learn from national experts how to use information and how to create an action agenda for effective advocacy.

About WALA:

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts began in 1983 as a unique collaboration of lawyers and artists to fulfill a mission to serve artists in need of legal knowledge and assistance. Since then, WALA has supported artistic expression and creative innovation serving the legal needs of the arts and cultural communities in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

WALA is a501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides access to education, advocacy and legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics and pro-bono referral services for creatives and cultural organizations.

More than 350 of Washington’s top lawyers and law firms participate as volunteers in WALA’s legal services programs.



April 22, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Workshop 1 (6th Floor)