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Success Strategies for the Professional Artist in the Digital Age: Legal and Business Tactics for Filmmakers, Musicians, Video Game Creators, and Visual Artists - November 6, 2013

Group shot of panelists at Success Strategies for the Professional Artist in the Digital Age event

Presented by the NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute and sponsored by the ABA Business Section Cyberspace Law Committee, Copyright Alliance, ArtWorks SpringBoard, Kentucky Arts Council, and Frost Brown Todd, this program featured expert attorneys and filmmakers who discussed a range of business and legal practices.

Wed., Nov. 6, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
NKU College of Informatics, Griffin Hall, Digitorium, Highland Heights, KY (Greater Cincinnati)
3.0 general CLE hours approved in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

A webcast is available without CLE credit.

The Copyright Alliance podcast features interviews with Prof. Jon Garon and artists from the audience. Click here.

Selected speakers' CLE materials are available here


4:30 p.m.    Welcome

                   Jon M. Garon, director, NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute                       

4:40 p.m.    Legal and Business Strategies for Local Film Production

                   Todd H. Bailey, of counsel, Frost Brown Todd

         Jon M. Garon, director, NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute

                   Dennis Greene, professor of law, University of Dayton

                   Chris Strobel, professor, NKU College of Informatics

5:40 p.m.    Exhibiting, Licensing, Publishing and Promoting

                   Stephen E. Gillen '80, partner, Wood Herron & Evans, LLP

         Terry Hart, director of legal policy, Copyright Alliance                  

                   Jennifer Kreder, professor of law, NKU Chase College of Law

                   Jill P. Meyer ’96, member-in-charge of the Cincinnati office of Frost Brown Todd

6:45 p.m.    Intermission

7:00 p.m.    Crowdfunding and Project Financing: Getting the Professional Paid  

                   Chris Gulinello, professor of law, NKU Chase College of Law

                   Thomas E. Rutledge, member, Stoll Keenon Ogden

                   Barbara Wagner, assistant professor of law, NKU Chase College of Law

8:00 p.m.    Reception

Pablo Picasso's Three Muscians

Confucius wrote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” “For many in the creative arts, these words are both motivating and largely empty,” said Jon Garon, a professor at The Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law and founding director of the NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute.  “In an age dominated by social media and digital distribution, creative artists are required to navigate self-promotion, online contracting, sophisticated financing, and a host of challenges that pull the artist away from the creative process and into the fast-paced world of digital commerce.”

Jill Meyer '96 and Steve Gillen '80

“With social media gaining in popularity, more people are becoming content creators, and there is great opportunity to share creative works, but many are now becoming aware that there is real value to maintain some control over what is shared,” commented Terry Hart, director of legal policy, Copyright Alliance. 

“Artists have long been recognized as commodities in our communities, driving innovation and adding color to our environment," shared Sarah Corlett, director of creative enterprise, ArtsWave SpringBoard. "It has become increasingly more important that our creative sector has opportunities to turn their passion into profit through education and training. This improves the likelihood that these individuals will stay in our region and continue to make this an even better place to live.”

Discussions focused on ways lawyers can help their creative clients understand the legal issues involved in:

  • Rights acquisition agreements
  • Music licensing for film and video games
  • Copyright basics, fair use and transformative works
  • Copyright challenges in the digital distribution of works created using traditional media
  • Mash-ups, composites and derivative works
  • Do-it-yourself distribution through social media
  • Crowdsourcing for resources and distribution
  • Crowdfunding through gifts and pre-sales
  • Crowdfunding through capital investment and financing
  • Traditional project financing
  • Strategies for legal investor financing of creative projects beyond Kickstarter
Greene and Bailey

Lively discussion included Dayton School of Law professor Dennis Greene's advice that “the devil is in the details.”  Jennifer Kreder noted “when art is created in more traditional visual medium and then digitized several issues will come up” to which Stephen Gillen '80 explained that “there is no 'one size fits all answer'" for how best to contract for rights.  Budding artists beware!


Pablo Picasso's Three Musicians

More about Chase College of Law and Art Law

"The art law field involves not only litigation but it also involves international law; it can touch upon copyright, trademark.  It can involve issues dealing with Native American tribes, protection of endangered species.  So the range of interest impacted by art law is tremendous.  And my particular specialty … I focus on history."

Jennifer Kreder
Professor of Law

Thank you to our generous Institute sponsors. This event was sponsored by the American Bar Association, Copyright Alliance, ArtWorks SpringBoard, Kentucky Arts Council, and Frost Brown Todd. Sponsors play an essential role in building the program. Our continued growth will only be assured through the generosity of our sponsors.

Frost Brown Todd
ABA Cyberspace Law Committee
Copyright Alliance