Legal Issues for Artists
The purpose of this session is to introduce attendees to the primary legal issues that artists confront. We will cover the basics of intellectual property, including the differences between copyrights and trademarks, and when registration is required; how to set-up your business as an artist and choose the most appropriate entity; and how to read and negotiate contracts with a view toward the key provisions to look out for. At the end of this session, attendees will have a foundation for understanding these issues and be equipped to know when to seek further assistance. Dana Bucy Miller is the owner of DM Law, LLC, a firm dedicated to helping creatives and entrepreneurs navigate the areas of business, tax, and intellectual property law. Dana helps artists and small business owners understand their intellectual property rights, set up their businesses properly, and effectively negotiate their contracts. Before starting her firm, Dana served as the supervising attorney of the small business division at a Baltimore County law firm. Dana is also an active volunteer for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.