WANT TO GO?
"IP/Media Law 101" Creators Program Workshop
By Robert Bandy and Kevin Levine
WHEN: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: WVSU Economic Development Center, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W
INFO: Call 304-720-1401 or visit digiso.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This Friday's "Creators Program" workshop at West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center on the West Side has an innocent title: "IP/Media Law 101."
But contained in that phrase is a lot of survival information when wading into the hazardous land known as IP -- intellectual property -- for creators who make films, video, advertising and other audiovisual work.
"We're hoping to get a diverse crowd of people from all over the community. Anybody who wants to learn a little bit more about the intellectual property aspect of what they're doing in the creative arts," says Robert Bandy, who'll present the workshop along with his Kay Casto & Chaney law firm colleague, Kevin Levine.
The event is targeted to -- but not limited to -- independent filmmakers, video producers and other creatives who mix moving images, sound and music, said Levine, in an interview with both attorneys, who have a specialty in entertainment, music and film production legalities.
"Quite frankly, it's always easier to counsel a person and help them on the front end before they get a cease-and-desist letter or run into a wall on the back end," said Levine.
The workshop runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $25. It will explore everything from copyrights and trademarks, to proper licensing of music and locations, in an effort to ensure your own creative work is protected or that your work doesn't infringe on the legal rights of another creator's creativity.
After all, in the web age, who knows when something will take off.
"You make a short film and stick it on YouTube and all of a sudden you have 10 million views and you start thinking, 'Hey, I may actually have done something pretty good here. Hopefully, you've done you're homework before you did that," said Bandy.
Added Levine: "You never know where the next big thing is going to come from. There are a lot of people out there that are discovered online. The fact is you may very well have a commercially viable property that is worthy of protection. People are becoming more aware of that so therefore they are becoming extremely protective."