Opposing Sides to IP Legal Issues, Conflicts Examined, Discussed & Explained, for Graphic Artists

Opposing Sides to IP Legal Issues, Conflicts Examined, Discussed & Explained, for Graphic Artists
Wed, November 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Pratt Institute Manhattan
144 W. 14th Street, Room 213
New York City

Join the Graphic Artists Guild as they welcome intellectual property lawyers Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. and Sheafe B. Walker, Esq. who will discuss copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and other legal issues pertaining to graphic artists.  The New York Chapter is the largest and oldest (inc. 1971) chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild, a labor union of commercial artists and related industries. Since 1967, the Guild’s mission has been to raise industry standards and help improve visual creators’ professional careers.

The plot unfolds by way of a comic book spread for “The Adventures of Maggot Man,” an intentionally problem-ridden comic written by Mr. Crowell and illustrated by Allan Norico and created for this year’s NY Comic Con legal seminar. Mr. Crowell and Mr. Walker will take opposing views as they pull back the curtain to show you how lawyers debate the issues of copyright and trademark infringement, fair use, and parody.

Illustrator Allan Norico will shed some light on how to work with a lawyer in ensuring that your artwork raises as few legal issues as possible.

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a founding partner of the law firm of Saperstein & Crowell, LLP. He is a NYC based attorney whose practice includes copyright, licensing, film, and television, among other areas (see his website, www.thomascrowell.com for more details). The executive director emeritus of NJ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Mr. Crowell teaches film and television law at the School of Visual Arts and has organized and conducted the comic book legal workshops at NY Comic Con for the past 4 years. He is also the author of “The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers,” (Focal Press, 2007).

Sheafe B. Walker, Esq. is founder of the Law Office of Sheafe Walker and has represented Art Harlem and its affiliated artists (www. sheafewalker.com). Mr. Walker has presented lectures on copyright and contract issues faced by artists, creators and publishers at the New York Comic Con and the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Walker is a contributor of “The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers,” (focal press, 2007).

Alan Norico is a character designer and illustrator whose clients include Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft. http://3distic.blogspot.com

Special Fall Discount!
Pre-register, and members pay $10, non-members pay $15
Full price is $15 for members and $20 for non-members
(Students and Seniors get $5 off these prices)
Free for all Pratt students, faculty, and staff

To Register: Use the PayPal button below, email ny@gag.org, call 212-791-3400 ext 11, or fax 212-791-0333. You can also download a registration form from our website, newyork.gag.org and mail to 32 Broadway, Suite 1114, New York, NY 10004