Copyright 101: Rights and Permissions for Artists

with Suzanne Glémot
Thursday, July 15; 7–9pm CT

At its core, publishing is the activity of making information available to the public. Printing and calligraphy can both be considered forms of publishing, and it is the responsibility of artists working in these techniques to secure permission to use texts and images not originally their own. In this workshop, we’ll dig into copyright as it works in the US, what it protects, and when artists need to obtain permissions from copyright owners.

We’ll cover the Public Domain, Fair Use, and cases like song lyrics and epigraphs. We’ll also walk through how to request copyrighted material from an author or publisher. At the end of this session, you will be equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to address copyright in your future projects.

This workshop does not constitute legal advice, but participants are welcome to bring their general or project-specific questions to the session for discussion. Important links and slides presented in the session will be shared with participants following the workshop, and participants are also encouraged to take notes.

All skill levels welcome!
Certificate: 2 hours, Category C or D

$45/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$25 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: No prep is required ahead of the workshop. Important links and slides presented in the session will be shared with participants following the workshop, and participants are also encouraged to take notes.

Please note: Registration closes 7/11 at midnight (CT).