Have you ever wondered if you’re breaking the law when you snap a stranger’s picture on a busy city street? Are you subject to a lawsuit if you photograph a painting in a museum, an art gallery or inside a booth at a local art fair or festival? Do you have any recourse if someone borrows an image you post on Facebook and makes a bunch of money with it? Questions like these will be the focus of an important 2-hour workshop at In One Instant Gallery of Photography on Wednesday, July 18. Called 5 Easy Pieces: Legal Tips for a Photographer’s Holiday, it’s a course in which every art photographer and photojournalist should enroll.
The seminar will be taught by Fort Myers attorney Anne Dalton, who just taught a visual arts and law workshop at the Alliance for the Arts on June 16th. Dalton cut her teeth in creative arts law as Senior Attorney at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and as the attorney for the ABC Network News show 20/20. She has been representing creative artists in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida for 34 years.
Anne has lived and practiced in Fort Myers since being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1990. She initially went to work with the Lee County Attorney’s Office and the Lee County Port Authority, where she specialized in contracts, purchasing, construction, department of transportation, parks and recreation, financing agreements, and miscellaneous governmental services. She also served during that time as Adjunct Professor for Barry University (Health Law) and Edison College (Real Estate Law, Business Law I and II & Constitutional Law).
Today, Ms. Dalton specializes in transactional and administrative practice for corporations and agencies (for-profit and not-for-profit), contract negotiation and drafting, business law, governmental practice and drafting wills.
Ms. Dalton does both court-ordered and private mediation. One of Anne’s professional goals is to have all disputes involving visual arts, writers, photographers, videographers and other creative persons resolved through mediation rather than in court.
Anne maintains her law and mediation practice at 2044 Bayside Parkway, near the Edison home, where she is enthusiastically assisted by Lila, the office poodle.
5 Easy Pieces: Legal Tips for a Photographer’s Holiday will cover:
- Legal Issues in Shooting on Public Streets and Other Public Places
- Legal Do’s and Don’ts in National Parks, State Parks, and other Government Facilities and Areas of Heightened Concern
- Copyright: Protect Your Work
- Copyright: What the Heck is Fair Use, Anyway?
- Q and A
Dalton’s presentation will touch on the rights of private and governmental property owners to limit photography on their premises; personal privacy and when consent is required; the legal aspects of photographing currency, stamps, military facilities, nuclear plants, copyrighted works, trademarks, and nudity; exceptions to the general rule that equipment and film cannot be lawfully seized; and how to register and enforce copyrights, legal issues associated with publishing your photographs and the business aspects of licensing your images to publications and stock agencies.
The workshop runs from 6-8 p.m. In One Instant Gallery of Photography is located at 1526 Jackson Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. Tuition for the seminar is just $5.00. Here’s the sign-up link: http://www.inoneinstant.com/5-easy-pieces.