Copyright for Artists Workshop

Martha Rans

Martha Rans

CARFAC BC and the Nanaimo Art Gallery are presenting a Copyright for Visual and Media Artists Workshop on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010, from 7 to 9 pm. This workshop will take place at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, downtown location at 150 Commercial Street. Tickets are $15 per person, $10 for Nanaimo Art Gallery members, free for CARFAC members.

Have you ever wondered what exactly is copyright and how it affects, protects, and benefits the work of visual artists? Understanding copyright law is tricky and with the rise of the digital world over the past 15 years, it may have become even more exciting and complicated.  Join lawyer Martha Rans in this highly interactive workshop, as she defines what you need to know about copyright with fascinating and relevant case studies.

Martha Rans has been practicing law since 1995 and has acted for artists in all disciplines including painting, photography, architecture, sculpture, textile, film and video, new media, animation, website and graphic design, theatre, and dance. She regularly advises arts-related and other not-for-profit organizations on a wide range of legal issues including intellectual property, employment, labour, health and safety, and privacy. Martha is the founder and current legal director of the Artists Legal Outreach, a volunteer-run community clinic providing access to legal information and advice for artists and arts organizations. Martha is also the Vancouver project leader for Creative Commons.

CARFAC BC is the provincial branch of the Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front des artists canadiens, the national association of Canada’s professional visual and media artists. CARFAC defends artists’ socio-economic and legal rights through advocacy and professional development and produces a schedule of artists’ fees that is widely recognized as the national standard. The Status of the Artist Act empowers CARFAC to negotiate with national organizations on behalf of all visual artists in Canada. For more information, call 250-754-1750.