Copyright Law for Artists

An understanding of copyright law and its applications for creators is important to any professional artist or craft maker, whether they are selling original work or dealing with reproduction rights. This session will be delivered by Philip Hannay (Managing Director of Cloch Solicitors) and aims to unravel the shifting, evolving and often confusing legal issues involved in the business of being an artist who makes and sells original artworks.

This online webinar will cover how artists can protect their intellectual property rights including exclusive rights to reproduce, publish, disseminate, and merchandise their artworks or other versions derived from them. Participants will learn about the legal starting points of copyright ownership of original artworks made during the course of employment, and when and where the employer is given copyright ownership.

The current Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on artists’ practices with most now being asked to share their artwork/exhibitions and courses online instead. This webinar will also address issues around how you protect your copyright once your work is on the internet and designer Orlando Lloyd will share some practical tips and advice.

About the Tutors:

Philip Hannay is Managing Director of Cloch Solicitors Limited, an award-winning Scottish legal boutique specialising in business law & intellectual property, and is well-known for assisting creative entrepreneurs in generating money from ideas and artistic practice. Philip teaches both ‘Company Law’ and ‘IP & Commercial Contracts’ in the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde; he is Honorary Secretary of Friends of Glasgow School of Art; Member of the Scottish Government Creative Industry Advisory Group; and between 2002-2011 founded and exited four successful (creative industry) micro businesses. Previously through the Culture Enterprise Office Philip regularly advised artists and his day to day work includes advising clients over business start-up, intellectual property (e.g. copyright, designs, trade marks, patents, know-how), licensing & franchising, contracting, director compliance, dispute resolution, acquisitions and disposals, and succession legal matters.

Orlando Lloyd is a graphic designer based in Glasgow - working across cultural and commercial sectors, with a focus on visual identity, printed matter, publications and design for screen. He is also a lecturer and educator, working with institutions such as Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Leeds Arts University, The Tetley Gallery and Edinburgh Science Festival.


Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please email any questions or issues you’d like us to cover in advance to [email protected]

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