Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship Writing Competition Accepting Essays Now http://www.nysba.org/Sections/Entertainment_Arts_Sports/Law_Student_Initative/Phil_Cowan_Memorial/BMI_Scholarship.html
  • Section Events
    • June 4, 2015 Summer Kick Off: Intro to EASL's Young Lawyers Section


      Sponsored by the EASL’s Young Entertainment Lawyers Committee

      When:  Thursday, June 4th, 2015

      6:00pm – 9:00pm
      Where:  Bill’s Bar & Burger Rockefeller Center (Concourse East)

      16 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

      (51st Street between 5th & 6th Avenues)

      What to expect: Our summer kick-off networking event provides attendees with a chance to meet young entertainment and sports attorneys from a variety of practice areas in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Join us on June 4th to mix, mingle, and learn more about how to get involved with EASL’s Young Entertainment Lawyers Committee….all while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, your choice of 3 delicious entrees (Bill’s Burger, Veggie Burger, or Chicken Cobb Salad), fries, onion rings,  coleslaw, brownies and milkshakes.  Soft drinks, tea and coffee are included.  Full cash bar. 

      Space is limited so act fast and register by visiting our site below!

      Registration:    $ 20 for EASL members

                               $ 40 for non-EASL members (NYSBA members)

                               $ 50 for non-NYSBA members and tickets at the door
      Please register at www.nysba.org/EASL


    • June 4th: Legal Basics for Visual Artists and Other Creatives

      Legal Basics for Visual Artists and Other Creatives

      Bat Haus Coworking and Event Space 
      279 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

      Thursday, June 4, 2015  
      Welcome Reception: 7-7:30pm | Panel and Q&A: 7:30-9:30pm

      Free and open to the public 

      Are you wondering how copyright law protects your work? What safeguards do you have in place for your commission, collaboration or consignment agreement? What alternatives (besides filing a lawsuit) are at your disposal in the case of an infringement, breach of contract or other dispute? What new developments help or harm your rights as an artist?

      If you are concerned about protecting your work and rights, please join us for an evening with a panel of art and entertainment lawyers to discuss the basics in copyright, fair use, contracts and new developments in arts & entertainment law. In addition to having your questions answered about your legal rights and potential liabilities, you will leave this seminar with practical legal resources for your creative practices. Artists of all disciplines are invited. This is not an event to miss! 

      Please RSVP at brooklynartscouncil.org by June 2. For questions please contact: Shannon Shird, Community Initiatives Coordinator at sshird@brooklynartscouncil.org or 718.625.0080 x228

      Creative Coalitions is made possible, in part, by support from The New York Community Trust, New York City Council member Darlene Mealy, and the New York
      State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support for BAC programs is provided by
      public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

      Moderated by Julia Chu, Esq., Head of Philanthropy, Private Banking North America, Credit Suisse

      Jason Aylesworth, Esq., Sendroff & Baruch, LLP, New York City
      Paul Cossu, Esq., Cahill Partners, LLP, New York City
      Judith B. Prowda, Esq., Senior Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art; Law Office of Judith B. Prowda, New York City
      Carol J. Steinberg, Esq., School of Visual Arts; Attorney in New York City and East End Long Island

      This event is sponsored by the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law (EASL) Section' Fine Arts and Pro Bono Committee , and presented by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

      For questions or to RSVP please contact: Shannon Shird, Community Initiatives Coordinator at sshird@brooklynartscouncil.org or 718-625-0080 ext. 228

  • The EASL Blog

    Entertainment, Arts  and Sports Law  Section Blog

    The Blog Provides a Forum and News Source on Issues of Interest The blog acts as a new informational resource on topics of interest, including the latest Section programs and Initiatives, as well as provides a forum for debate and discussion to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. It is available through the New York State Bar Association Web site at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EASL

    To submit a Blog entry, email Elissa D. Hecker at eheckeresq@eheckeresq.com

  • EASL Journal


    Diverse opinions contribute to the vitality of the law, and for every topic there are many issues to be addressed. TheEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal is a forum for ideas and a repository for legal analyses and theories. The EASL Journal presents topics that EASL attorneys address on a daily basis, and provides comprehensive overviews of both large issues that affect a majority of the EASL Section membership and analyses of more specific issues that affect only a few. In addition to contributions from practicing attorneys, the EASL Journal accepts articles from laypersons involved with issues that affect many in the EASL fields. The EASL Journal is published three times a year by the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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  • EASL Member Community

    Start using your EASL member community now.

    What are Member Communities?
    The member communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries. They offer you a variety of tools to help you connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow NYSBA members. 

    To participate, each member has a profile based on their basic membership information. You can enhance your profile by adding your photo, professional affiliations, volunteer activities and other accomplishments. You have the option to pull information from your LinkedIn profile, or even link to your personal blog or other social media feeds.

    How Can I Use It?
    Seamlessly integrated with nysba.org, no additional login or password is needed to enter a community. You just need to be a NYSBA member. 

    Just like a listserv, members of a specific community can share information with one another using email. Documents are emailed among members using links as opposed to email attachments, as attachments can be problematic with spam filters or limits on file size. Members can receive community emails as the messages are posted, or in digest form. These resource libraries have no space limitations, accept all file types, and can be organized using folders. Any member of a community can contribute to the library.

    If you are a member of a NYSBA Section, Committee or Task Force, and working to develop a report, white paper, policy change or recommendation, an online community is the perfect forum for you and your colleagues. You have a dedicated space designed to facilitate an efficient and collaborative work effort.

    Start using your EASL member community now.