Legal & Business Issues for Photographers
With Andrew Epstein and Jim Grace
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30
Can I take and use a photo of someone in public? Do I own all my photographs or do my clients or employers own them? Do I have to put a copyright (C) notice on all my photographs? I would like to license more of my images, but how does it work? What happens to my work when I am gone? Get answers to these and many more questions about the legal and business aspects of your photography practice from Jim Grace and Drew Epstein, experts on the intellectual property issues photographers encounter.
Andrew D. (“Drew”) Epstein is a partner in the firm of Barker, Epstein & Loscocco, a full-service Boston, Massachusetts law firm. Drew represents hundreds of design and image professionals especially photographers, illustrators, design firms, advertising agencies, museums and other individuals and businesses involved in photography, art, illustration, and imaging. Drew also has an extensive knowledge of antiques and regularly represents antique dealers, appraisers and auctioneers. In addition to general business law and litigation, Drew’s practice focuses on copyright, trademark, contracts and licensing issues. He is a former president and long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, an influential photographic arts organization, and he is a corporator and former member of the Board of Trustees of the Griffin Museum in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Jim Grace is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) from 1998 until 2008, when it merged with the A&BC. Jim has experience working with artists and arts organizations in the areas of publishing law, public art, copyright, trademark, nonprofit incorporation and mergers, negotiation training, and artist live/work and nonprofit board issues. Jim was an adjunct professor for Boston University’s Masters in Arts Administration Program for over five years where he co-taught a course on Legal Issues in Arts Administration. In addition, Jim is a working author, book editor, and publishing attorney.
These workshops are free for members put on through the Art and Business Council in partnership with the Peter Urban family.
Peter Urban, a celebrated, Boston-based photographer, passed away in 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Urban was renowned for his success in both the commercial and artistic realm. Arlette Kayafas, who represented Urban’s art at Gallery Kayafas, said that while some photographers find it difficult to move from advertising to artistic endeavors, “Peter was the exception, because his commercial work was like his fine arts work. When he worked with clients, he saw them as the human beings they were. Peter’s work was always about people.’’
In the spirit of Peter’s success creating a career with a balance of commercial and artistic work, his family has partnered with the Arts & Business Council and the Griffin Museum of Photography to produce opportunities for other photographers to grow their careers.