NYFA Online Learning: Art Law: Contractual Terms

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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to offer an opportunity for artists in all disciplines to participate in NYFA’s Online Learning legal workshop. The “Art Law: Contractual Terms” will be presented by John Wierzbicki. The workshop will take place online on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:30pm-8pm EST.

This workshop seeks to empower artists by guiding them through the general meaning of terms that they will likely see in contracts throughout their practice. Topics include copyright and other ownership rights, "reasonable efforts" clauses, risk of loss, indemnification, termination, and morality clauses.

The course is taught by John Wierzbicki, a lawyer in the publishing industry who has conducted workshops on copyright, contracts and negotiation to artists and art students on both coasts. John has presented at several NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Programs in New York State and NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, Oakland, CA. An entertaining and evocative speaker, John makes complicated concepts comprehensible.


John Wierzbicki has conducted workshops on law, contracts and negotiations to artists and art students throughout New York state, in the DC area, and in California. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, the University of Virginia, and Georgetown University Law Center, John practiced law in California before moving to New York state. John helped found the author contracts and relationship group at Thomson Reuters’ Legal Publishing Division and led that group for nearly 10 years. He is currently the co-Director of the Witkin Legal Institute, located in San Francisco. He is also a member of the board of directors at the Flower City Art Center in Rochester, New York.

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You may attend this webinar using either a Mac or PC computer (with speakers), standard phone, smartphone, or tablet device.

Please use the AnyMeeting App or Chrome for the best webinar experience.

Make sure your Adobe Flash Player plugin is up-to-date. If it is not, you will be prompted to update it, which will take about a minute. A strong wifi or hard-wired Internet connection is preferred.

For additional technical questions or issues, please email at learning@nyfa.org.


This workshop will be recorded. The recording will be shared with all previously registered participants after the session concludes, regardless of whether participants attend the live webinar or not. The recording will be posted online for 6 months, but not available for download.

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