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Legal Protection for Artists: Copyright, Trademarking, Contracts & More

A Craft & Practice Series Workshop

With IP Lawyer MJ Bogatin, moderated by Lise Silva Gomes

THURSDAY OCT 27 at 5:30pm PST 

(8:30pm EST) 




Workshop Description

Who is this class for? 

  • Artists/Creators of all mediums (visual, sound, writing, dance, etc) who want to learn about the legal options to protect their work

  • Those who want a crash course on Intellectual Property protection including: Copyright, Trademarking, Contracts, and more

  • Those with specific queries they would like a lawyer's feedback on

What is this workshop about? 

This 2 hour Zoom workshop is about supporting artists and makers of all mediums to understand the legal avenues available for the protection of their creative works. Through lecture and conversation you will gain a crash course on the basics of intellectual property protection and what options there are for your specific practice. You will also gain a pdf with helpful info as a take-away. 


Who is your host?  My name is Lise (A Portuguese nickname, pronounced just like "Lizzie") have experience as a maker in handmade production, working in direct-to-consumer online retail, freelance, confronting design theft, hiring assistants, wholesale, consignment, custom commissions, craft fairs, working under contract, and publishing a craft book in 2020. I pass on the wisdom I have learned from study and experience for over 10 years as an independent freelance artist, small business owner, artist, and author.  I will be moderating the conversation with our special guest-- my lawyer, MJ Bogatin, who has helped me with contracts, design theft, and trademarking. 


MJ Bogatin  is a lawyer and author based in Oakland, Ca, specializing in Arts/ Intellectual Property Law. He is a life long lover of the arts who was elected to serve as president of CLA (California Lawyers for the Arts). For nearly 30 years, he has been a featured speaker for dozens of topics ranging from Artist-Gallery Agreements to Authors Publishing Agreements to Public Art/ Muralists’ Rights, and more. He believes it is more important than ever for artists to obtain a general sense of the critical IP business issues they face, including copyright, trademark and licensing and provides accessible legal services and education to artists of all mediums. A new edition of his classic book, Legal Guide For The Visual Artists released on 8/30/22.

The workshop, including an open Q & A. will last approximately 1.5- 2 hours. You will leave with a pdf for further study.

(You can see the other classes in the Workshop Series on the series page HERE -- Classes are discounted when enrolling in the Lecture & Library package HERE

Class Goals:


  • Discuss the difference between copyright and trademarking and how to pursue these avenues

  • Gain and understanding of the options and tools available to protect your creative work & set legal boundaries with clients

  • Participate in a Q&A conversation with our guest, lawyer and author MJ Bogatin

Logistical Notes:

  1. You will be sent the Zoom Link and any other necessary class details via email a few days before class begins

  2. Recordings of the class are sent within 48 hours after the live class and only made available for 30 days after the live class.

  3. There are no class refunds unless the class is cancelled due to unforeseen events, please familiarize with Zoom prior to the class because refunds are not given if you have technical difficulties. It is recommended to use Zoom on your laptop not a mobile device because the mobile app does not give you full capabilities to view/participate. 

  4. Although classes are structured interactively, you do not have to have your camera on during class. You can choose to interact or just observe. 

These super affordable workshops for artists can only continue with support!

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Have a question?  -

Three options to enroll : 

1. Use the Venmo button. Send $33 USD to @Lise-Silva : INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL in the comment & WHICH CLASS YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR

2. Use the Paypal button: Send $33 USD, INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL in the note & WHICH CLASS YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR

3.  Use the Credit/Debit button: Follow to completion, no other info is needed


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