Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Law of Comics - this weekend near you!

Logo for Emerald City Comicon 2014

Calling all geeks! Emerald City Comicon is here this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and they're not only bringing the best in entertainment – they're bringing the law. 

On Friday, amidst your celebrity sightings and signings, stop by these sessions:

Copyright Infringement and the Fair Use Defense     
Room: 2B
Time: 1:00PM - 1:50PM

What does copyright protect? What is infringement? When does "fair use" protect me? What happens if I infringe? Join attorney Caitlin DiMotta for a primer on copyright infringement, the fair use defense, & how to understand the difference.

Comics and Healthcare     
Room: HALL C (610)
Time: 3:20PM - 4:10PM

This panel will present works from an online exhibit of comics devoted to the Affordable Care Act and discuss the use of comics to raise consciousness of health insurance, disability, aging and related public health issues.

Ethics in Comics     
Room: 2B
Time: 4:00PM - 4:50PM
Last year we packed out the hall and delivered the goods, and this year our team of ethics experts are back to bring you their latest breakdown on the state of ethics in comics today! Join us as we hit the books on spandex, blood, and reboots...

On Saturday, you can get your fill of contracts: 
How To Read and Understand Your Next Publishing Contract     
Room: 2B
Time: 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Caitlin DiMotta, an attorney dedicated to helping creators protect their rights and get paid fairly for their work, will show you how to read through (and understand!) your next contract with a publisher, client or collaborator.

And on the last day, make time for a talk on terminology:

Creator-Owned vs Work-For-Hire: What Does That Mean, Really?
Room: 2B

Time: 3:00PM - 3:50PM

Join attorney Caitlin DiMotta as she provides a comprehensive look at ownership structures in comics: creator-owned, work-for-hire, and all the variations in between - the good, the bad, and the outrageous.

Have fun, and don’t forget your cape!

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