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Copyright Basics for Non-Attorneys

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Bldg. C Room 265, Ft. Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123 (enter at Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd)


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With Doug Robbins, Esq.

Copyright Basics for Non-Attorneys

In creating work, artists face two important questions.  First, in order to protect their own creations, artists must understand the concept of "copyright" and know what sort of things are "copyrightable."  Second, in order to refer to, allude to, or outright steal other artists work and integrate that work into their own, artists need to understand what things are not copyrightable and free for the taking.  In "Copyright Basics for Non-Attorneys" we will explore these issues, come to understand the parameters of the copyright regime, how it works, what it protects, what it does not protect, and what happens when protected work is infringed.

Douglas Robbins is the Chair of the O'Leary Wood and Robbins' Media Law Group, serving clients involved in producing, acquiring, licensing, and managing audio-visual media. Robbins helps content-creators and distributors through the intellectual-property landmines involved in protecting their art, producing films, and making music. Robbins is himself a filmmaker, having produced the DEBATE TEAM documentary in association with the San Francisco Film Society and KQED Public Television. He understands first-hand about the difficulties facing filmmakers trying to bring their dreams to market.  See more information at



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