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Information for the Dance Professional: An Overview of Intellectual Property Law and Career Management Strategies

  • Monday, June 30, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Dance Dimensions Performing Arts Center, Westfield Promenade Mall, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367


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Information for the Dance Professional: An Overview of Intellectual Property Law and Career Management Strategies
with Dylan Ruga, Esq. and Felicia Rosenfeld

Program Description:
Become a savvy dance professional with this overview of key information that every serious artist in the dance community should know. Dylan Ruga, Esq. will explain some of main ways that intellectual property law affects the dance world, including an overview of copyright law as it applies to choreography and the basics of trademark law protection for dance companies. Felicia Rosenfeld, the Director of Programming at Pentacle, will then discuss the kinds of professional services and strategies available to help dance professionals manage their careers and advance their artistic vision.

Dylan Ruga, Esq. Mr. Ruga is a partner at Steptoe and Johnson LLP. He litigates copyright infringement claims in courts around the country for matters involving music, photographs, furniture, and fabric designs. Mr. Ruga's work in the area of trademark litigation is varied, including litigating trademark infringement claims on behalf of large corporations, as well as representing a non-profit dance group in a dispute with another dance company using a confusingly similar name. He also assists clients in licensing their marks in the apparel and entertainment-related fields, as well as prosecuting their marks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Felicia Rosenfeld, Director of Programming for Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc.), oversees all Pentacle’s programs in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Felicia has a BA from Swarthmore College and JD from Fordham University School of Law. She joined Pentacle in 1983, leaving in 1986 and then returning in 2002. In 2006, Felicia opened Pentacle’s Los Angeles office. Felicia has served as a panelist for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the LA County Arts Commission. Felicia sits on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA (for which she chairs the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion); the Board of Directors of Dance Resource Center, and the Advisory Board of Show Box LA. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Koreatown Youth and Community Center.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; 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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