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Hello Copyright: What Every Visual Artist Needs to Know About Copyright Law

  • Thursday, August 12, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • ZOOM


  • CLA is sensitive to the current situation faced by the non-profit and arts sector within COVID-19. We are currently offering our workshops at a sliding scale or "pay what you can" price. While CLA is a nonprofit we are also in need of your continued support but want to ensure accessibility of our content and workshops to all no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for waiver code.

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We are all influenced by each other’s work. But where is the line between being inspired and illegal copying? Is infringement the same as plagiarism? What is “fair use”? Can I depict famous people? Is it okay to mimic famous artworks? What about working from photographs? Is it safe to scan images from the web if I digitally alter them? Can I use old images, or works from other countries? When is parody okay? What if I’m making a political statement? Is it safe to use copyrighted imagery in my collages? When is something in the “public domain”?

In this presentation, artist and arts attorney Linda Joy Kattwinkel will show us numerous examples of infringing and non-infringing case studies through side-by-side visual comparisons. 

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About the Speakers:

Linda Joy Kattwinkel, Attorney, Owen, Wickersham & Erickson

Linda Joy Kattwinkel received her BFA cum laude in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1975. In 1978 she moved to Los Angeles to study feminist art-making with Sheila de Bretteville, Arlene Raven, and others at the Women’s Building, where she also taught in the Summer Art Program. After a 13-year career as an illustrator and graphic artist, she was inspired to devote her artistic energies to continued exploration of personal artwork, and to go to law school. She received her J.D. cum laude from Hastings College of the Law in 1991. As a member of the law firm Owen, Wickersham & Erickson, Linda Joy’s law practice focuses on copyright, trademark and arts law on behalf of designers and visual artists. She speaks and writes frequently on such issues, including the online column Legalities for visual artists. She continues to create personal artwork at her studio in San Francisco.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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