Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of stepping in to give a presentation at the University of New Haven on Legal Considerations for Artists, a workshop sponsored by Make.Art.Work. One of the workshop participants asked for a list of helpful websites on the topics discussed, which I would like to share with my readers here as well.
I will post updates, if any, on my law office website. Enjoy!
A Short List of Helpful Art Law and Related Websites:
Copyright, Trademark, Business Law and Beyond
U.S. Copyright Office
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Small Business Administration (info on starting a business, etc.)
ArtBusiness.com – Common Artist Legal Problems and How to Avoid Them
Nolo – Law for All (type in search term “art”)
Lawline.com (a site designed for legal education with “hard core” discussion of topics such as copyright law, you can take courses for free if you create a login)
Avvo.com (attorneys answer legal questions posted anonymously on site; take caution to seek legal advice tailored to your situation and avoid posting confidential information)
Fractured Atlas (assists with fiscal sponsorship for non-profits, etc.)
Artists Rights Society
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – NYC (workshops, etc., some financial aid available)
Connecticut Office of the Arts
(Unfortunately, the CT Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts appears to have disbanded. I am aware of above organization but am not familiar with it personally.)
The above sites are for your information and are not endorsed by Law Office of Anne Marie Segal as correct, updated statements of the law in every case or how it may apply to your situation. This list is geared to new and mid-level practicing artists and therefore does not include links to websites or blogs with updates or details about international art disputes or other high-profile art law information.
Ms. Segal provides legal counsel to businesses and individuals. Please visit www.amscounsel.com for more information. None of the information posted on this site constitutes legal advice or forms an attorney-client relationship, and there may be facts not discussed here that are relevant to your situation. This is a public forum. Please do not post confidential or fact-specific information regarding your legal questions on this site.