Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section

Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

Legal Issues in Visual Art, Photography & Sculpture

When can an artist use someone's likeness in an artwork? What is a "model release" and when is it needed? What is "appropriation art" and how does it relate to copyright? When may an artist incorporate another's work into their art? Does the law place any restriction on editions of prints or sculptures? 

When:            March 2, 2020
                      5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where:          ArtsWestchester
                     31 Mamaroneck Avenue, 9th Floor, White Plains, NY 10601

Organizer:    Jana S. Farmer, Esq., Partner, Wilson Elser

Moderator:    Nisa Lynn Ojalvo, Esq., VP, Legal Affairs, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. 

Speakers:     Jana S. Farmer, Esq., Partner, Wilson Elder
                     Julie A. Hopkins, Esq., Principal, Hopkins IP
                     Andrea Sobolewski, Esq., Associate, Wilson Elser 

If you are interested in learning the answers to these and related questions, please join us for an informative discussion of legal issues that visual artists encounter in their practice, including copyright, privacy issues and model releases, and regulations of multiples, editions and prints. The panel also will comment on some recent, high-profile fair use and appropriation art decisions. 

After the discussion, you'll want to join panelists for a Q&A and a wine and cheese networking reception. The event is geared to an audience of working artists, but all are welcome. 

Space is limited so please reserve your place by emailing Kristina Maldonado at [email protected]


Dear EASL and IP Section Members:


On Saturday, March 21st, the EASL and IP Sections will be co-sponsoring a Pro Bono Clinic at Dance/NYC's 2020 Symposium.  The Clinic will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, NYC.


If you are a licensed attorney and would like to volunteer for one or more of the 30 minute time slots, please email Elissa D. Hecker at [email protected] and specify your contact information (name, firm/company, phone number and email address), which time slot(s), area(s) of expertise, and whether you are an EASL and/or IP Section member. WE MUST CAP THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS AT 15.


We are looking for volunteers with experience in the following general areas: 

  •        501(c)(3) vs. LLC/Corp structure issues, choice of entity for incorporation- for- vs. not- for-profit (please specify if you have not-for-profit incorporation experience)
  •        Basics of corporate setup
  •        Agreements in general, including collaboration and ownership, performer, film crew, independent contractor language, etc.
  •        Copyright questions for choreographic works, protection of choreography
  •        Licensing
  •        Business related, general contract questions
  •        Fair Use issues
  •        General entertainment
  •        Intellectual Property (copyright and trademarks)
  •        Immigration, visas

If you do not have pro bono liability insurance, you may be covered under EASL and IP’s policy for this Clinic.  Please notify Elissa if you need such coverage.


Dance/NYC’s 2020 Symposium will consider 21st century models for building a resilient and thriving dance ecosystem. It will invite participants to investigate topics of labor organizing; transformative justice; dance education in a changing political climate; and the business of dance-making, among others. All volunteers will receive one full registration for the day’s event (valued at $130) and appropriate credit in invitation materials.

Thank you,


Elissa D. Hecker

EASL Pro Bono Steering Committee Co-Chair

[email protected]


Debra Resnick

IP Pro Bono Committee Chair

[email protected]

April 1 - 2, 2020 - EASL's 9th Annual Legal Aspects of Producing - Rights Acquisitions & Engaging the Creative Team

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 -Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Theater Center
210 West 50th
New York, NY

5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night)


NYSBA Members and CTI Alumni: $285.00 for Both Days | $165.00 for One Day 
$375.00 for Both Days | $225.00 for One Day 
 $185.00 for Both days | $95.00 for One Day

This course is approved for up to 7.0 MCLE credit hours in professional practice for New York State Attorneys. This program is non-transitional and therefore not suited for newly-admitted attorneys.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Theater and Performing Arts Committee of the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with The Commercial Theater Institute (CTI), the industry’s leading training program, is proud to host an intensive 2-evening CLE seminar focusing on the roles that theatrical lawyers play in guiding both new and
seasoned practitioners through all of the stages and legal aspects of theater producing.

Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the industry, the first evening will cover the acquisition of underlying rights for stage productions and the engagement of the dramatists, as well as the instruments and strategies producers and practitioners use to secure theater financing. The second evening will first focus on the legal and business relationship between not-for-profit theater companies and commercial producers, followed by a discussion about the exploitations of stage properties after the initial commercial production -- including stock & amateur and foreign play licensing, and the business of revivals… including the current trend of so-called “revisicals.” We will cap the evening of with a panel discussion touching on emerging trends and “hot topics” in the industry.

For more information: Kristina Maldonado at [email protected]| CTI Alumni Looking to Register Please Fill out the Registration Form or contact Kristina Maldonado at 518-487-5588

Register HERE

Save The Date: May 21,2020

EASL Spring Meeting 

Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Two Park Avenue | New York, NY 10016

More Details Coming Soon! 

Purchase the entire program or just the panels you are interested in! 


(if you are interested in just certain panels click on the panel title above) 

Bundle and SAVE: EXCLUSIVE Member Benefit - Bundling/Discount for Recorded Products 
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Select your recorded programs by format ( online video/audio streamingDVD/CD) and place them in your shopping cart.  The more products/credits you place in your shopping cart, the bigger the discount: 4 credits or more earns you 10% off of your shopping cart total; 8 or more credits earn 20% off; 10 or more 30% and 12 or more a maximum of 40% in savings.  


This program features 11 different panels featuring a variety of speakers from law, finance, business, and technology, with several panels focusing on global perspectives of representation, tax, and practical concerns for music artists and businesses alike. 

Topics include: 

  • Music Publishing and Digital Media 
  • Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling 
  • You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone – The Implications of Bankruptcy
  • Licensing Music for Broadway
  • International Focus - Global Database Efforts
  • Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting
  • Ethics and Everyday Practice
  • Trends in Branding and Merchandising
  • It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits
  • Copyright Law and Litigation – Annual Review 

Full Program Description  


Bundle and SAVE: EXCLUSIVE Member Benefit - Bundling/Discount for Recorded Products 
Bundle your recorded CLE program purchases and save up to 40% off of your cart total! Here’s how it works: 

Select your recorded programs by format ( online video/audio streamingDVD/CD) and place them in your shopping cart.  The more products/credits you place in your shopping cart, the bigger the discount: 4 credits or more earns you 10% off of your shopping cart total; 8 or more credits earn 20% off; 10 or more 30% and 12 or more a maximum of 40% in savings.  


Were you unable to make it EASL’s Annual Meeting Program? Purchase the recording and receive 4.0 credits in Professional Practice (Non-Transitional) 

The program included two panels:

First Annual Television General Counsel Roundtable (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

The Television and Radio Committee (“TVR”) of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (“EASL”), is pleased to present its inaugural annual Television General Counsel Roundtable, part of a slate of innovative programs planned by the TVR for 2017. 

To help kick-off what will be a rare colloquy among the top U.S. cable television attorneys, Moderator Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor of the Hollywood Reporter, has selected some of the most significant entertainment law cases of 2016, in order to spark a lively discussion concerning the most pressing legal and business issues confronting media and entertainment lawyers (and their clients) today, including the free-speech rights of filmmakers who transform real-life stories into theatrical films; the current battle over reshaping access to television programming via so-called over-the-top television and set-top boxes; related FCC action regarding net neutrality and the promotion of independent programming; and, the copyright implications of pre-1972 sound recordings used by television and radio today. Insights provided by the moderator and panelists on these and other issues will help illuminate current media and entertainment business practices, trends, challenges and opportunities.

Moderator: Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Nadja Webb Cogsville, Esq.
, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, VH1, LOGO, BET, CENTRIC, Music Strategy
Michael Fricklas, Esq., Executive Vice president, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Networks
Cynthia Gibson, Esq., Executive President and Chief Legal Office, Scripps Networks Interactive
Jon Lutzky, Esq., General Counsel, Vice Media
Jeffrey Schneider, Esq., Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners

Crisis Management For Celebrities (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

What may be a crisis for one celebrity may not be one for another, but there are certain events that would universally be viewed as a crisis for most individuals in the public eye. From high visibility criminal proceedings to significant civil actions and accusations in the media, this panel will explore crisis management from the perspective of the criminal defense attorney, the civil litigator, the transactional attorney, the manager and the publicist. Each has a unique and integral role in guiding the celebrity through troubled waters in a stress filled time.

Moderator: Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, New York City

Susan Arons, Rubenstein Communications, New York City
Benjamin Brafman, Esq., Brafman & Associates, PC, New York City
Paul Rosenberg, Goliath Artists, New York City
Theodor K. Sedlmayr, II, Esq., Sedlmayr & Associates, PC, New York City 


Entertainment, Arts  and Sports Law  Section Blog

The Blog Provides a Forum and News Source on Issues of Interest The blog acts as a new informational resource on topics of interest, including the latest Section programs and Initiatives, as well as provides a forum for debate and discussion to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. It is available through the New York State Bar Association Web site at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EASL

To submit a Blog entry, email Elissa D. Hecker at [email protected]


Diverse opinions contribute to the vitality of the law, and for every topic there are many issues to be addressed. TheEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal is a forum for ideas and a repository for legal analyses and theories. The EASL Journal presents topics that EASL attorneys address on a daily basis, and provides comprehensive overviews of both large issues that affect a majority of the EASL Section membership and analyses of more specific issues that affect only a few. In addition to contributions from practicing attorneys, the EASL Journal accepts articles from laypersons involved with issues that affect many in the EASL fields. The EASL Journal is published three times a year by the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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