21st Century Copyright & You is the final segment of Separating Fact from Fiction, a 6-part series outlining current Copyright Reform discussions. It addresses what individual artists can do to support favorable copyright reform both as members of associations and through direct interaction with Congress and the Copyright Office.
Separating Fact from Fiction: What Every Visual Artist Should Know About The Copyright Review Process features June Besek, Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School and intellectual property attorney Nancy Wolff of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. Professional photographer and past ASMP President, Richard Kelly, serves as moderator - see full presenter bios below.
The series was developed by the following trade associations: ASMP, DMLA, GAG, NPPA, PPA and APA, and produced by ASMP past President, Judy Herrmann.
June M. Besek is the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School in New York, where her research and teaching focus on copyright and related rights, particularly in light of new technologies. She teaches a seminar on Authors, Artists and Performers and one on Current Issues in Copyright. She serves on the Copyright Reform Task Force of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section, and is a former chair of the Section’s Copyright Division. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the board of advisors of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. She is also a member of the board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York. Ms. Besek is the author of many articles and studies on copyright law issues.
Nancy Wolff is a partner in the Intellectual Property Media and Entertainment Firm, Cowan Debaets, Abrahams & Shappard. She represents a wide variety of creative individuals and companies and has experience in copyright trademarks and privacy law. She serves as counsel for the DMLA and advocates on behalf of members on copyright and rights of publicity issues. She is also counsel for the PLUS coalition, a non-profit organization developing standards in image licensing and an image registry. She has testified on behalf of artists for copyright remedies before the Congressional subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet for the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the president elect of the Copyright Society of the USA and chair of the ABA Intellectual Property Section Committee on Visual Arts.
Richard Kelly is a Pittsburgh-based photographer and an Associate Professor of Photography at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers. A past president of the American Society of Media Photographers, Richard created the Registration Counts initiative and the ASMP symposium on Copyright and the New Economy. Richard is a contributing author to the ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography and has spoken at numerous industry conferences including SXSW, CEPIC, DMLA, Photo Plus Expo, Society for Photographic Education, WPPI, The National Association of Broadcasters, Photo LA, Harvard Law School, and the World Creator Summit.