Know Your Copyright

Are you an artist working in film/video? Are you or your collaborators working with samples, video clips, and/or making parody works or mash-ups?  If you are, you should ask yourself whether what you are doing is legal. 

Changes to the Copyright Act have finally arrived in Canada. Come to this lunchtime session where we will demystify copyright and copyright changes that could affect your work and artistic practice.

Join us for this FREE presentation on the recent legislative changes (including Bill C-11) to your film and media arts by Vancouver-based lawyers Martha Rans and Lindsay Bailey.

Presenter Biographies:

A true believer in giving to the community and a passionate advocate for the arts, Martha Rans is a lawyer who has provided advice to artists in all disciplines for over 20 years. Following close to a decade as a labour lawyer and human rights mediator/specialist, in 2003 she established her own practice providing advice on employment, labour, human rights, privacy, intellectual property, governance, and charity law to non profit organizations, co-ops and social innovators of all kinds. In 2005, she co-founded the Artists’ Legal Outreach legal advice clinic in BC ( A recognized expert in copyright and its impact on artists she appeared before the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11 in March 2012. She teaches copyright to the next generation of artists and designers at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

With a background in art history, pursuing a legal career as an arts and entertainment lawyer seemed like the natural progression for Lindsay Bailey. Lindsay worked at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto, Ontario practicing business law with experience working with media, technology and entertainment clients requiring a range of business and intellectual law property services. During her years in Toronto, Lindsay volunteered at the Artists’ Legal Advice Service (ALAS) providing summary legal advice to artists of a range of practices. Since her years in Toronto, Lindsay has been instrumentally involved with Femmarte, a private art fund committed to supporting the careers of contemporary female artists practicing in Canada today, an organization for which she now sits on the Board. Lindsay returned home to British Columbia to build her practice here as an arts and entertainment lawyer and today through LBLC - Lindsay Bailey Law Corporation -  she works with a range of clients from diverse practices in all cultural industries. As part of her ongoing commitment to staying involved with and giving back to the local arts communities, Lindsay sits on the Board of the Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society. She has become further involved with the local arts and film communities as a film producer of a local documentary, having produced the TV-length Generation Social: The Vancouver Network for broadcast by CBC in August, with another in development.

Event Details

Friday, September 28, 2012
W2 Performance Space (141 W Hastings, Inside the SFU Atrium, W2 Café, downstairs side door)
11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
First come first serve seating.

Organized by Cineworks & W2 and Co-presented by Western Front, VIVO Media Arts, Moving Images, and BC DOC.

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