October 11, 2023, 5-6:30pm, free
Presenter: Attorney Cary Novotny of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Location: This event will take place in person at the RACC offices (411 NW Park Ave #101, Portland, OR) and streamed live on Zoom.
RACC and the Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA) are joining forces this fall to host Making the Case, a series of three workshops geared towards educating artists and art workers on legal matters pertaining to their creative practice. This series aims to empower artists with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions in their creative endeavors, while also offering a chance for our local art community to come together and connect.
The second workshop in the series, Contracts for Creatives, walks creators through the most important clauses necessary to any contract; how to achieve a “meeting of the minds”; and how to protect themselves from contract litigation. Whether participants are artists, small business owners, or independent contractors, this workshop teaches them how to craft successful contracts and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Cary Novotny attended the University of Portland, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Merchandising and Management. At the University of Portland, Novotny began to learn the tools of musical arrangement and record production as well as the legal and business aspects of the entertainment business. He later earned a law degree at the Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law and originally practiced environmental law, personal injury law, and estate planning, while also working as a performing and recording musician and songwriter. Later, Novotny combined his wealth of music business experience with his law practice and began a specialization in intellectual property and entertainment law, including copyright law and all aspects of the music and film industries. The intersection of Novotny’s musical career and extensive legal experience allows him to bring a wealth of real-world experience to clients ranging from local songwriters and bands to record companies and world-famous musicians.
Over the last two decades of his career, Novotny expanded his intellectual property expertise from copyright to trademark law, and now performs the trademark filing, prosecution, defense, and licensing work required by business clients at the Loney Law Group. Novotny services a broad range of legal needs for many businesses, small to large, including entity formation, entity changes, secured transactions, contracts, lease agreements, real estate purchases, business purchases and sales, OLCC licensing for recreational marijuana, Airbnb consults and licensing, and civil litigation.
The workshop will include a presentation and Q&A with the presenter. Attendees are welcome to send in specific questions in advance of the lecture. To ensure your questions will be considered, we recommend you submit them prior to the day of the workshop via this form.
Accessibility: RACC is committed to making our programs and services accessible to everyone. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request any accommodations, translation, interpretation, or other assistance you need in registering for, or attending this program. We will be offering ASL interpretation on the live Zoom broadcast of each lecture. If you plan to attend in person, please contact us by September 25, 2023 to request interpretation services.
This lecture is presented as part of the series
Making the Case: A Legal Workshop Series for Creatives:
September 13, 2023 at 5pm: Business Basics with attorney Noah J. Maurer
October 11, 2023 at 5pm: Contracts for Creatives with attorney Cary Novotny
November 8, 2023 at 5pm: Copyright Considerations for Artists with attorney Kohel Haver
Registration for the October and November sessions will be available a month before they take place
RACC and the Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA) are joining forces this fall to host a series of three workshops geared towards educating artists and art workers on legal matters pertaining to their creative practice. This series aims to empower artists with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions in their creative endeavors, while also offering a chance for our local art community to come together and connect.
Each workshop will be taught by a legal expert from OVLA and will focus on a specific topic relevant to creative individuals at any stage of their careers. The workshops will aim to demystify the often complex and daunting legal aspects of starting your own art business or organization; contracting your labor and skills; and navigating the boundaries and protections of copyright law.
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