California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.
Artists and arts organizations serve as agents of democratic involvement, innovation, and positive social change, and the growth of an empowered arts sector is essential to healthy communities. CLA’s leadership and services strengthen the arts for the benefit of communities throughout California.
Artistic License Awards a Success!
On Saturday, July 25th, 2015, California Lawyers for the Arts hosted its eighth annual Artistic License Awards at the University of San Francisco. The event was a great success with more than 100 guests joining in celebration of CLA’s 40 years of service to the arts community. Generous sponsors and donors contributed more than $98,500 for CLA's education, legal representation and advocacy services.
Award recipients from the evening include Steven Hirsch and Katherine Lloyd-Lovett as well as their law firm Keker & Van Nest; Dr. Lawrence Brewster and the William James Association; Deborah Santana and her Do A Little Fund; The Hancock Family Funds; as well as London Breed, Supervisor of District 5 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Resale Royalties for Visual Artists In
the lawsuit of Sam Francis Foundation and others against Christie's,
Sotheby's and EBay for failure to pay royalties under the California
Resale Royalty Act, the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals has
held that the Act can be severed. In its recent decision,
the Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals found the CRRA
constitutional for in-state resales of unique works of visual arts, but
unconstitutional for out of state sales based on the "dormant" Commerce
In a law review article published in the Cybaris Intellectual Property Law Review,
CLA Executive Director Alma Robinson makes the case for federal
legislation, which would allow US artists to receive resale royalties in
more than 70 countries around the world.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS, a program of California Lawyers for the Arts, provides exposure to the arts and employment for low income high school students ages 14-17 who reside in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. In 2014-2015 our new cohort of youth have chosen to team up with the community focused art organization, 14 Black Poppies, to develop a collaborative art project: an exhibition,You Belong Here, that showcases a transdisciplinary and cross-platform investigation into belonging. The project will culminate April 11 during an event that is open to the public. We have raised $2,200 and we are seeking to raise $5,000 more.
In 2013, CLA's SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS program provided a platform for teens who were harassed by San Francisco police officers to describe their experiences in a short video, What If This Happened To You?. The teens in this program learned interviewing techniques, as well as sound and camera techniques, under the direction of CLA's Spotlight on the Arts program staff. They also interviewed a knowledgeable attorney about how they should respond in such situations.
A short essay describing the background of the making of this video with links to descriptions of relevant research is posted on our blog HERE.
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